Sea Turtle Conservation | Mama Carey Sea Turtle Conservation | Mama Carey Puntarenas, Osa Península, Costa Rica Corcovado Foundation
The program is now in its 14th year and we need all hands on board! As a volunteer, you will take part in conservation of endangered sea turtles in Costa Rica.

Project Details

We are a nonprofit organization fighting to protect Costa Rica´s natural heritage for future generations by uplifting communities through education and engagement

The Corcovado Foundation was established in 1996 by concerned neighbors of Corcovado National Park in Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula. Our founding project involved working with ACOSA to establish patrols and rangers stations in the biodiverse area surrounding the national park, greatly reducing illegal hunting and logging. We are a hands-on, down to earth local leader in conservation, with an excellent reputation for our volunteering programs and our commitment to a practical and community led approach to environmental protection.

The Corcovado Foundation currently has four main areas of work in the Osa Peninsula: -Sea Turtle Conservation – Environmental Education – Sustainable Tourism – Community Development.

We work on the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica, that is one of the most biologically intense places on earth. The area contains 25-30 different eco-systems and is home to a staggering variety of wildlife and plant life, many of which are endangered. It has one of the most significant populations of large endangered mammals in Central America, including predators

such as Jaguars and Pumas and is also home to many endemic species of birds and trees. The harpy eagle, believed to be locally extinct since 1989, was discovered in small numbers in Corcovado National Park and there are important calving sites for humpback whales in the waters surrounding Caño Island and Gulfo Dulce.

In short, The Osa Peninsula represents one of the world’s most important sources for future knowledge about rainforest ecosystems and the conservation of biological diversity on earth.

The main focus of the project is on
NPO Status
Yes, registered non-profit organization
Foundation Year
1998
Contact Person
Zoraida Tenorio
Spoken Languages
English

Social Impact

·        Our sea turtle project relocated and protected 81 nests in the turtle hatchery in 2018.

·         4,171 sea turtle hatchlings have been released to the ocean during this season.

·      6 Drake Bay schools have received environmental education in 2018, more than 30 sessions implemented which have reached a total of 155 students. Lot less that last year due to the Ministry of Education 5 months general strike

·    60 children from 4 environmental groups from Drake Bay participated in a total of 111 extracurricular activities. These workshops are really important for these children since these are the only extracurricular activities that are available in their communities. Together children learn about arts, write their own plays and make their costumes, recycle, organize beach clean ups and find their voice in their community.

·      32 girls and boys from Drake Bay participated in 3 whale watching tours and a tour to the Corcovado National Park overnight tour.

·       A resident Birds Festival organized together with the Guides Association of Drake Bay.

·     A play prepared by the children of Drake Bay regarding how humans need to protect their ecosystems presented at the Regional Arts Student Festival and the Mangroves Festival in Sierpe.

·   Active participation in the Single Use Plastic Committee which has managed to include a clause in the Municipality´s regulations requiring companies to eliminate the use of single use plastic from their operations in order to obtain their permits.

·    3 familiarization tours with Drake entrepreneurs to promote the rural tourism projects of Rancho Quemado and Progreso and 23 talks held to promote rural community tourism within Drake´s businesses.

·      4 Christmas parties held for 4 schools in the communities of Drake Bay. 116 gifts were distributed to the boys and girls of these communities.

·     12 business plans prepared for community rural tourism companies in La Amistad International Park.

·    An emergency plan prepared for the Cabecar trail in La Amistad International Park, which will help the community obtain its use permit and receive a direct benefit from the protected area.

·     20 MINAE employees and 10 members of the communities of La Amistad Pacífico Conservation Area trained in the design, construction and management of trails by the Colorado State University.

·    40 people from the communities surrounding La Amistad International Park trained in business administration accounting, labor code, social networks and other topics related to the development of business initiatives.

·       Tourism and environmental education plans elaborated for the Carara, Los Quetzales and La Cangreja National Parks.

·      14 infrastructure plans prepared for protected areas throughout the country.

·      A delimitation plan for Hitoy Cerere national park elaborated.




Pursued Sustainable Development Goals

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