As with many grassroots programs in developing regions, the Corcovado Foundation Sea Turtle Conservation Program is only made possible by the hard work and determination of local people, the contribution of time, money and effort by volunteers, and the extraordinary generosity of individuals like yourselves. The turtles and the local community of Drake Bay, Costa Rica, would like to express their sincere gratitude for all of your help in 2012!
Thanks to your donation the program was able to create more contracted shifts for local people this year, and eight more members of the local conservationist association (ACOTPRO) were trained as Patrol Leaders, bringing the total number employed to an all-time high of 28! This association has now earned over $17,000 in salaries from the program since 2010, while the homestay houses in the village have earned over $21,000 in payments from volunteers.
Your donation also permitted greater promotion of the turtle program, which resulted in a record 73 volunteers coming to work during 2012 and a record 56 turtles being adopted, the latter raising $2,900 for the program. The extra manpower produced great results for the conservation effort, and for the first time it was possible to guard the hatchery 24/7 throughout the entire season. A record 112 nests were relocated to the hatchery, and the incidence of poaching was kept down to just 10% of nests. By the end of the season the team had tagged around 70 nesting female turtles and had liberated over 9,000 hatchlings, with many more still due to emerge from nests relocated to the beach.
Finally your donation helped to pay for the construction of a rustic new camp for program, which provided a venue for teaching and training, community events, and environmental education activities, and a humble research station from which to coordinate all of the volunteers, local staff and conservation activities.
During 2013 the program plans to contract two full-time Research Assistants from the community, and will begin to train the association ACOTPRO in volunteer management, hatchery management, and tourism and fundraising skills, so that they can begin to take on more responsibility and more control of the program. In particular, the Corcovado Foundation will help ACOTPRO to establish their own volunteer program, which should help the association to become more self-sufficient and able to generate funds to pay their own staff. However, the process has only just begun and the community needs private donations now more than ever in order to develop and promote this program so that in they won’t need to rely on such donations in the future. Donations are also urgently needed in order to purchase vital conservation equipment for the 2013 season, including materials to construct the hatchery.
Please open your heart and consider making a donation to this beautiful community-led project, and support this association of hardworking local people. With your help they can complete their training and realize their dream of eradicating poaching and creating sustainable jobs from turtle conservation in Drake Bay.
Happy New Year from everyone at the program!
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