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.

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Our objective is raises funds and manages them to finance conservation activities for marine-coastal resources of the
Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) of Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Panama.

What does it offer?

  • Experience in fund management and investments.
  • Strong partnerships with governments.
  • Technical knowledge.
  • Shared monitoring system.
  • Counterparts.


  • Development of a regional research strategy to promote decision making with regional impact, with the input of 200 professionals, among them: scientists, technicians, representatives of governments and the NGO sector of Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico and Guatemala.
  • Caribbean – Pacific Alliance with two other Regional Funds for marine conservation: MAR Fund – Caribbean Biodiversity Fund, to work jointly on conservation actions.
  • FCRA strengthened its platform in 2017 and, thanks to collaborative work, it advanced significantly in meeting goals of the 2017-2022 Strategic Plan.
Implemented Activities

In November 2017, PACÍFICO organized the First Meeting of Ministers of Security and Environment in Costa Rica. Ministers from Panama, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Ecuador, among other authorities met to discuss issues concerning the region and their challenges. During the event, ministers signed the Declaration on Cooperation in Security and Environmental Protection in the Jurisdictional Waters of Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Panamá.

Thereafter, in April, the Second Meeting on Security and Environment took place in Panama, organized jointly with the Government of Panama. This event followed up on the First Meeting of Ministers. It emphasized transparency with fishing data and also had the participation of Global Fishing Watch.

PACÍFICO continues to work on the establishment of two migratory marine corridors called Migravías: Cocos-Galápagos and Coiba-Malpelo. In order for this to become a reality two regional workshops took place in the Galápagos Islands and in Costa Rica, where more than 100 representatives of the four countries participated. They discussed the specific socioeconomic, scientific, and legal arguments that justify the creation of the corridors.

One important accomplishment was the first Cocos-Galápagos Scientific Expedition financed by the Waitt Foundation. The expedition took pictures of 16 fish and marine mammal species around the prioritized seamounts. The species included the hammerhead shark, green and hawksbill sea turtles, mobula ray, and dolphins. During the presentation of results, Galápagos and Cocos Island National Parks signed a coopertation agreement.

Similarly, PACÍFICO funded scientific studies about the movement of the hammerhead shark in the Galápagos-Cocos swimway and the biological justification for the Galápagos-Cocos swimway.

It is worth noting that several alliances were formed this year, including that of the Marine Corridor for the Eastern Tropical Pacific (CMAR) that contributed to the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding signed the year before. PACÍFICO and CMAR worked and approved the funding strategy based on priorities set in the memorandum. Another MOU was also signed with GFW with the support of Oceans 5 to promote transparency in fishing information management of regional governments.

Donors and Partners

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

The David & Lucile Packard Foundation

Walton Family Foundation

Helmsley Charitable Trust