Protected Areas Program

The Protected Areas Program of Forever Costa Rica aims to achieve the consolidation of a system of protected areas that is ecologically representative, effectively managed, adapted to the effects of climate change, and with a sustainable source of financing.

This program includes the Forever Costa Rica Program (PCRXS), developed in 2010 by the Government of Costa Rica, through the National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC), in alliance with external partners (Linden Trust for Conservation, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Walton Family Foundation and The Nature Conservancy).

This is composed of the Forever Costa Rica Trust (FCRXS), focused on supporting conservation in marine protected areas, and the U.S.-Costa Rica II Debt for Nature Swap between the United States and Costa Rica (IICD), focused on conservation actions within terrestrial protected areas.

The PCRXS is a national strategy to meet Costa Rica's conservation goals declared before the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the United and the Protected Areas Work Plan of the Convention.

The Protected Areas Program supports 47 protected wildlife areas for the conservation of marine-coastal and terrestrial biodiversity.


Ecological representativeness of terrestrial and marine-coastal biodiversity

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Management effectiveness

Adaptive capacity to
climate change

The lines of work of the PCRXS for the five-year period 2021-2025 to strengthen and improve the management of Costa Rica's protected wildlife areas are as follows:

  • Control and protection
  • Research
  • Adaptation to climate change
  • Natural resource management
  • Ecological integrity monitoring

Achievements to 2021


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Protected Areas Program