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ABOUT US

The Forever Costa Rica Association is a nonprofit organization created in 2010. Its mission is to conserve terrestrial and marine ecosystems in perpetuity through the management of environmental funds and alliances with governments, the private sector, and civil society.

It pursues its mission by mobilizing resources from donors – mainly international organizations and private foundations – and channeling them to conservation programs.

The three funds are composed of endowments and sinking funds. In terms of our main resources, we preserve them by managing the investment portfolio with clearly established guidelines, while using interest income to fund conservation projects. This guarantees permanent conservation financing.

The Association offers technical assistance to improve all conservation processes that it finances in order to guarantee that all program investments are efficient and effective. Besides, we seek to implement all legal requirements and donor needs, to comply with previously defined uses of the funds.

All projects supported by FCRA must meet our mission and the country’s conservation priorities, established under the Convention on Biological Diversity and the National Biodiversity Strategy.

 

We finance conservation by means of:

  1. Call for proposals issued in conjunction with the Costa Rican government under the auspices of the FCRP, which implements a five-year plan to define national conservation priorities. Funds from the FCRT and the Second Swap finance these proposals.
  2. Calls for proposals that invite non governamental organizations to strengthen community wellbeing for tropical forest conservation. These are financed with funds from the First Swap.
  3. Conservation innovation with strategic support for conservation actions that contribute to the organization’s mission, including initiatives in the Eastern Tropical Pacific ecoregion.

Mission

We are a non-governmental organization that conserves marine and terrestrial ecosystems in perpetuity through the management of environmental funds and alliances with governments, the private sector, and civil society.

Vision

To serve as a convener at a national and international level on issues of biodiversity conservation by driving collaborative models, generating knowledge and promoting innovation in natural resource management.

Values

  • Transparency
  • Teamwork
  • Excellence
  • Responsibility
  • Respect

Strategic Areas

The FCRA has a new strategic vision focused on its role as a convener and a hub for ideas, in order to generate collaborative, knowledge-based and innovative models.

  • Communication

  • Partnership building

  • Knowledge building

  • Innovation for conservation

  • Resource mobilization and financial management

  • Conservation

  • Effective institutional governance

  • Talent management

Our commitment to sustainability

Based on our mission to promote the conservation of marine and terrestrial ecosystems in perpetuity, through the management of financial resources and alliances with governments, the private sector and civil society, we reaffirm our commitment to sustainability. Furthermore, we seek to extend this to our stakeholders and allies, respecting their environment, their needs, their expectations and their realities, but seeking to achieve a common goal that allows us to leave a positive legacy for present and future generations.

We seek to work with allies, respecting biodiversity, human rights, ethics and the law in the places where we operate. We hope that, by developing our projects, we can achieve concrete results for which we can be accountable and transparent.

We are a community and we are passionate about what we do, and that is why we work to conserve the biodiversity of the country and the region, ensuring that through an integral vision we can also promote the economic and social development of the communities in which we work.

We want to reaffirm our leadership, that is why our governance seeks to respond to the current challenges that require the promotion of our sustainability through our own development and that of our projects. We want to be at the forefront, and to achieve this, we share lessons learned between organizations of the same nature, including best practices, methodologies, and new trends in conservation and sustainable development.

We invite our allies to join us on this path to continuous improvement, integrating the environmental, social and economic vision to ensure that the development we promote is sustainable.

 

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