As part of the Pacific Foundation we mobilize financial resources to ensure the sustainable management of the Eastern Tropical Pacific (PET). The Foundation is comprised of 4 environmental funds:
- Natural Heritage (Colombia)
- Fondo Acción (Colombia)
- Natura Foundation (Panama)
- Forever Costa Rica.
The Pacific Foundation works in alliance with the Governments of Panama, Colombia, Ecuador and Costa Rica, the Eastern Tropical Pacific Marine Corridor (CMAR)., MigraMar and other organizations in the region.
Importance of the Eastern Tropical Pacific
As part of the Pacific Foundation we contribute to the conservation and sustainable management of the Eastern Tropical Pacific.
Protection of swimways
During 2021, the second expedition was carried out between Cocos Island and the Galapagos archipelago to gather scientific information to support the protection of the swimways of the Eastern Tropical Pacific, with scientific staff and officials.
Costa Rica por Siempre also worked with CMAR and the Ministries of Environment of Colombia and Panama to agree on joint actions for the integral conservation of swimway Coiba-Malpelo, including technical support and coordination between the two countries.
The support provided by Pacifico in recent years bore fruit during the COP26 meeting in Glasgow, where the presidents of Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Panama signed a COP26 in Glasgow, where the presidents of Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Panama signed the "Declaration for the conservation and management of the ecosystems comprising the Eastern Tropical Pacific Marine Corridor swimways Cocos-Galapagos-Malpelo-Coiba".
In November 2021, Pacifico supported a workshop with representatives from the Ministries of Environment of the four countries, CMAR, UNESCO, MigraMar and the member funds, which provided inputs for the implementation roadmap for the presidential declaration.
Control and surveillance
As part of the control and surveillance efforts in the Eastern Tropical Pacific,in 2021 we supported the "Regional analysis of the risks associated with illegal fishing in the Pacific of Costa Rica, Ecuador and Panama", in conjunction with the International Maritime Monitoring, Control and Surveillance Network.
This report provided input to the fisheries and environmental authorities of the three countries for action at both the national and regional levels.
The research was supported by the Costa Rican Institute of Fisheries and Aquaculture (INCOPESCA); the Aquatic Resources Authority of Panama; and the Ministry of Production, Foreign Trade, Investment and Fisheries of Ecuador, with the leadership of the organization Ocean Mind.