• photo: Corcovado Foundation

    Costa Rica: Working with Communities to protect the Osa Peninsula

In Brief

Location:

Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

Goal:

Increase the protection of wild areas and sea turtle populations, conduct environmental education, and promote ecotourism and community participation with sustainable use of natural resources in the Osa Peninsula. 

Conservation Value:

The Osa Peninsula is one of the most biodiverse places on earth, home to half of all species found in Costa Rica — and 2.5% of all species on the planet — in an area just 56 km long and 32 km wide.  

Threats:

The Osa Peninsula is Costa Rica’s last frontier.  Its isolation and remoteness has helped protect the amazing natural resources of the area. However, that remoteness has also proven to be a huge challenge for those who live in these communities.  Living in poor socioeconomic conditions, the local population exploit their natural surroundings for subsistence.

The project is providing a safe place for baby sea turtles (above) to hatch and for this leatherback turtle (below) to nest.

Actions & Results:

1. Continue a proven environmental education program that reaches over 600 children in 20 schools in Drake Bay and Costa Ballena.  

2. Maintain a sea turtle conservation program in Rincon, Rio Oro and Punta Mala-Playa Hermosa.  Since 2006 this program has released 80,000 turtle hatchlings.

3. Provide key benefits to local communities involved in conservation and sustainable development:

  • Build a pedestrian bridge between the communities of El Progreso and Agujitas to enable children to attend school in El Progreso. 
  • Replace the roof of the primary school in Rincon. 

Project Field Partner:

Corcovado Foundation

Cost:

ICFC has committed $75,000 for 16 months, thanks to support from a generous donor.

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Children model sea turtle eggs (above) and display the signs they created (below), asking the community not deposit trash in the river.

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