I Debt for Nature Swap USA-C.R.

The main objective of the I Debt for Nature Swap U.S.-CR (ICD) is to facilitate theconservation, protection, restoration and sustainable use of Costa Rica's tropical forests outside of state protected areas.

The ICD was established in 2007 between the governments of the United States and Costa Rica, with the support of The Nature Conservancy and Conservation International.
The Forever Costa Rica has been the administrator of the ICD since 2017.

Prioritized areas

The I Debt for Nature Swap U.S.-CR works in six prioritized geographic areas:

  • Rincón de la Vieja
  • Maquenque
  • Tortuguero
  • La Amistad
  • Ursa
  • Nicoya

We invite you to learn more on the I Debt for Nature Swap website.

Achievements 2021


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Featured Projects:

1. Strengthening of the local committee of the Amistosa Biological Corridor.
The National Parks Foundation project equipped and trained the Local Committee of the Amistosa Biological Corridor to more efficiently implement the 2018-2027 management plan for a territory that stretches from the coast and forests of Golfito to the highlands of San Vito.

After conducting a forest fragmentation analysis, 82,400 trees of 148 native species were planted in 5 critical areas for restoration and connectivity. The initiative also carried out fauna sampling, which revealed the presence of 15 mammal species, 417 bird species, and 124 species of ecologically and ethnobotanically important flora. The project had an investment of ₡50 million.
2. Improvement of ecological connectivity between Diriá National Park and Las Baulas National Park.
This FUNDEPREDI Foundation project helped improve ecological connectivity between Las Baulas National Marine Park and Diriá National Park in Santa Cruz, Guanacaste. Monitoring of dispersing and pollinating fauna, community capacity building and recovery of native flora were carried out. The initiative reforested the riverbanks of 4 cattle ranches with 64 native species, favoring ecological connectivity. As part of the project, 17 wildlife flyovers were installed, used mainly by monkeys, thereby reducing mortality from electrocution.

Funding for this project was ₡82 million.
3. ASOMOBI's productive capacities in times of pandemics
This project of the Association of Organized Women of Biolley (ASOMOBI) strengthened them to face the new reality caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Sixteen women beneficiaries received materials, equipment and inputs to strengthen their productive units (greenhouses, poultry farms, flour production, among others).

ASOMOBI has a microbenefit managed by the women and also offers various services for visitors, such as lodging and guided tours of local attractions. The association also received training from MAG in primary production, food processing, and marketing.

The initiative supported by ₡25 million of I CD funding created a "virtual marketplace" to sell their products and services. In addition, two collection centers for recyclable waste were built for the benefit of the community.
Strengthening of the cultural and natural center in the KéköLdi indigenous territory.
This project of the Asociación Talamanqueña de Ecoturismo y Conservación (ATEC) contributed to the integral regeneration of the forest in the prioritized geographical area of La Amistad by strengthening the cultural and natural center in the KéköLdi Indigenous Territory.

In addition to protecting the forest, a culturally and environmentally important iguana hatchery was restored and a native plant nursery was built for ancestral uses, with rainwater harvesting and a seed bank to promote the genetic preservation and use of plants of cultural interest, whose availability and use has been reduced.

Eight informative signs and three audiovisual productions on Bribri knowledge were also produced to consolidate cultural transfer processes. The project received funding of ₡15 million from the ICD.

I Debt for Nature Swap U.S.-C.R.

Blue and Green Economy

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