Our world is changing faster than anyone could have imagined, freshwater supplies are shrinking, agricultural yields are dropping, forests are burning, and rising oceans are more acidic, all in part due to climate changes. As our natural world changes around us, so does our way of life. Fundecodes is a non-governmental and non-profit foundation with the mission of maintaining harmony between conservation and development in Costa Rica.
The foundation manages the sustainability and conservation of the natural resources in the dry and wet forests as well as coastal areas on the Nicoya Peninsula and in the Tempisque Conservation Area, (ACT), where there are numerous national parks, wildlife protection refuges, and nature reserves.
GCS is a worldwide charitable organization that promotes conservation to the private sector, by issuing Conservation Credit Units, that encourage corporate social responsibility by allowing companies to offset their environmental footprints and reduce their climate impact.
SINAC is a Costa Rica’s government institution that manages the conservation and sustainable management of wildlife, forest resources, protected areas, watersheds
Funding from GCS and SINAC goes directly into
Such as, restoring the natural irrigation conditions in the Jicaral Mangroves on Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula.
The following protected areas and the surrounding biological corridors are where Fundecodes strives to maintain
Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve – Located in the southern Nicoya Peninsula, in Puntarenas province. This reserve is an important biological area, containing densely covered mountains and rich marine ecosystems.
National Wildlife Refuge Ostional – Situated in both Santa Cruz and Nicoya counties, on the Pacific Coast in Guanacaste province. This refuge is a favorite nesting site for the Olive Ridley, Leatherback, and Black Sea Turtles, and it contains 8000 maritime hectares and a wide coast with flora and mangroves as well as native trees that support the nesting of many birds and wildlife.
Camaronal National Wildlife Refuge – Located on the Pacific Coast in Nicoya county, Guanacaste province. The main focus at this refuge is for the conservation of the Leatherback, Olive Ridley, Hawksbill, and Black Sea Turtles, as well as to protect the valuable forest ecosystems and natural regeneration areas.
National Park Diria – Located in the mountains in Santa Cruz county, in Guanacaste province. This park is made up of dry and wet forests which propagate the growth of 300 unique tree species that are the habitat for many wild animals such as; Cappuccino and Howler Monkeys, Jaguarundis, and Peccaries.
Las Baulas National Marine Park – Located near Tamarindo, in Santa Cruz county, in Guanacaste province. This National Park is made up of, Playa Grande, Playa Langosta, Playa Ventanas, and Playa Carbon, as well as two mangrove estuaries. It is one of the most important nesting sites for the Baula or Laud sea turtles, as well as many birds, mollusks, crustaceans, fish and extensive flora in the dry forest areas.
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Additionally, the dedicated employees of the foundation manage the resources for conservation, education and sustainable development of rural farming projects through strategic alliances with local residents and agro-businesses in the biological corridors throughout the Nicoya peninsula and Guanacaste province to encourage the use of ecosystem services to create more tree cover at the farm level.
During Costa Rica’s rainiest months, the volunteers are vital when heavy rains and high seas bring driftwood on shore. This debris needs to be removed asap, because these obstacles make it difficult for the turtles to nest and for the tiny newborns to make it into the sea.
During the last 10 years, Fundecodes has implemented a series of alliances with SINAC to strengthen sustainable conservation management, and in coordination with Costa Rica’s new 2019 National Decarbonization Plan, they are committed to maintaining the ecological balance for the current and future generations.
The writer, Tom Rosenberger has lived and worked in Costa Rica since 1992 and from his travels throughout the country inspecting land and construction, he has acquired a wealth of knowledge about living and doing business in Costa Rica. If you have questions and would like to contact Tom click here.