PACIFICO – Environmental Funds Platform of the Tropical Eastern Central Pacific—is a platform of five environmental funds coming from four countries—Costa Rica, Panama, Ecuador and Colombia—whose purpose is to contribute to sustainable conservation of the Tropical Eastern Central Pacific.
The platform seeks to generate sustainable financing for actions in this marine corridor, and its strategies are covered in a conservation plan with a vision of 25 years, developed in consultation with more than 100 actors in the region.
During this year, PACÍFICO has been able to consolidate both technically and politically. From the technical point of view, the conservation plan was completed, which outlines the strategies required to achieve a regional sustainable vision for the Tropical Eastern Central Pacific. With support of the Packard Foundation, the conservation plan has been complemented and extended with an eco-regional analysis toward the Gulf of California. The plan considers joint conservation actions and possibilities of collaboration with actors in the Gulf of California and the Gulf of Fonseca, as well as actions to conserve the main conservation targets.
In November, the Regional Workshop on Governance in Marine Protected Areas was held, with participation
by representatives of the governments Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Ecuador and Colombia, interchanging management experiences of marine protected areas in the Gulf of Fonseca, Tropical Eastern Pacific Marine Corridor and the Gulf of California.
From the political point of view, progress has been made with CMAR to analyze collaborative actions and establish a memorandum of understanding in order to complement efforts.
Information on the PACÍFICO Platform has been presented in different regional and international events, including the World Congress on National Parks in Australia, the Annual WWF Latin American Meeting, the Blue Solutions Congress in Mexico and the Annual RedLac Assembly. The ACRXS occupies the presidency of RedLac and currently is working on developing implementation of the fundraising strategy, which aims to reach the proposed goal of US$52 million.