Terrestrial conservation

As part of the Wildlife Protected Areas Program, we carry out terrestrial conservation efforts through the management and technical support of the II Debt for Nature Swap between the United States and Costa Rica (IICD).

The IICD is a bilateral agreement to finance the consolidation of the terrestrial Wildlife Protected Areas prioritized by the Convention on Biological Diversity. National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC)The IICD is a bilateral agreement to finance the consolidation of the prioritized terrestrial Wildlife Protected Areas of the Convention on Biological Diversity. United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

Prioritized areas

The II Debt for Nature Swap supports 32 terrestrial protected wildlife areas of SINAC.

Map indicating our projects in Costa Rica

We invite you to learn more at the II Canje website: www.canjeporbosques.org.

Achievements 2021


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Featured Projects:

1. Monitoring of native and invasive fish in Caño Negro.
The project monitored native and invasive fish species in the Caño Negro National Wildlife Refuge to promote the rational use of natural resources and, at the same time, boost the local economy in a sustainable manner.

The initiative will provide information to support temporary fishing bans for native species such as gaspar fish, bald fish, and mojarra, among others. At the same time, fishing for invasive exotic species such as tilapia, devilfish, and pangasius will be encouraged.

These measures will allow fish populations and wetlands to be maintained in ecologically healthy conditions.

The project had an investment of ₡22 million and was executed by PROPARQUES.
Bio-literacy for coexistence between people and wildlife.
The project developed and implemented a biological education strategy with the participation of public officials, indigenous communities and students in the La Amistad Caribe Conservation Area to improve the interaction between people and wildlife in the central and southern Caribbean.

Workshops were held in 10 educational centers for Ministry of Public Education personnel and more than 150 students, as well as training sessions in 6 indigenous territories on interactions with wild animals such as snakes, insects, spiders, bats, among others.

The project also developed a protocol for action and attention in cases of livestock predation by wild felines. It represented an investment of ₡42.4 million and was executed by the Asociación de Organizaciones del Corredor Biológico Talamanca Caribe.
3. Prevention, protection and control plans in Chirripó and La Amistad
The project helped implement prevention, protection, and control plans to reduce threats to biodiversity in La Amistad International Park, Chirripó National Park, and their buffer zones.

A practical guide was prepared for identifying and responding to environmental crimes and a tool for evaluating the impact of implementing these plans.

In addition, eight training workshops on the subject were held for 136 people from communities neighboring the parks. This effort was accompanied by the placement of 52 informative signs from San Gerardo de Rivas to Tres Colinas de Buenos Aires.

The project was executed by the Corcovado Foundation and represented an investment of ₡28 million.

Terrestrial conservation