HOW CAN YOU HELP?
OUR KEY FOCUS AREAS
Successful conservation is dependent on us making the change to a sustainable lifestyle, where a harmonious balance of social, environmental, and economic interests exists. Our strategy to ensure a sustainable future for the Ostional Refuge and Nosara focuses on the following key areas.
Funding for conservation
and research programs
that promote stewardship
Initiatives that improve
the health of the environment
for children and adults
Participation in platforms with local stakeholders
Boost local economy
in the low season
Training and logistical support for local collaborators (guides, transport, tour operators)
to support the Refuge
Support the management objectives of protected areas and their buffer zones.
Lead and participate in marine and terrestrial wildlife and habitat protection and restoration initiatives.
Develop and implement research based on areas of conservation need.
Provide logistical support and affordable housing for researchers, interns and volunteers.
Establish partnerships and collaborations with Costa Rican educational institutions, international universities, and conservation organizations dedicated to research.
Promote community science and research. Engage community scientists through outreach programs and initiatives.
Create a permanent cultural and natural history exhibit focused on wildlife conservation.
Develop educational programs, series, materials, and resources.
Offer hands-on, immersive educational tours and field trips. Develop after-school and vacation programs for children.
Provide training for guides, interns, and volunteers.
Produce short films and educational videos.
Participate as stakeholder in community meetings and serve on committees and boards.
Partner with organizations and businesses on mutually beneficial programs and initiatives.
Organize activities and workshops which engage and empower our community to facilitate wildlife conservation, sustainable living and development.
Engage communities in our conservation and sustainability programs and initiatives.
Provide educational experiences.
Offer high-quality nature tours in cooperation with existing operators.
Promote only tour operators that meet predetermined environmental standards.
Provide logistical support for the management of tourism.
Promote rural and cultural tourism.
Participate in land use planning, zoning and growth management initiatives.
Provide inspiring educational materials and programs for residents and developers.
Encourage the creation of nature and wildlife related small-businesses.
Provide educational guides, materials, and resources for sustainable living.
Create partnerships which provide product incentives to the community for sustainable living and residential improvements.
Research / Education / Community Outreach
We monitor water quality to inform the community when it’s safe to get in the ocean, raise awareness about sources of pollution, and its impact on marine life. We develop materials and programs to empower the community to improve wastewater treatment systems. Our programs and initiatives include our Water Quality Updates, Data Dives, and Water Quality Challenges.
SEA TURTLES & MARINE LIFE
Education / Community Outreach / Wildlife Conservation
We study sea turtles and marine life and apply this knowledge to mitigate our impacts and better protect the marine ecosystem. By involving the local community in data collection and conservation activities, we empower them to protect this important natural resource.
Research / Wildlife Conservation / Sustainable Development
We are monitoring the diversity of life in the area to learn how development is impacting the balance of our ecosystem. By engaging the community and management authorities, we inspire behavioral and policy change towards sustainable development and improved wildlife conservation in the area.
Sustainable Tourism / Wildlife Conservation
This program brings the arribada experience to everyone in a sustainable manner. Our goal is to minimize the impact of tourism on sea turtles and other wildlife by providing awe-inspiring educational experiences and implementing sustainable tourism practices. We achieve this through a unique collaboration with the Refuge administration, local guides and other organizations that share our mission. All revenue is reinvested in promoting sustainable practices, scientific research and conservation initiatives in the area.
Sustainable Development / Education / Community Outreach
This program compiles all of the tools and resources our organization has developed as a result of our research on the impact of development on the environment. This important resource for the community currently features our Sustainable Business Certification Program and Sustainable Guides. Over time, this platform will grow to host even more important information, tips, and resources for living sustainably in Nosara.
PRECIOUS PLASTICS NOSARA
Sustainable Development / Education / Community Outreach
This program is a collaboration with the Nosara Recycling Association to recycle plastic into products that will be sold to ensure ongoing recycling in our community. Grants from SEE Turtles and the Harmony Fund were used to purchase machines from Precious Plastics, who design and develop machines to recycle plastic by first shredding, then melting, and then injecting the recycled plastic into a mould to create beautiful products.
Education / Wildlife Conservation / Community Outreach
We create audiovisual materials in line with everything we do to empower and educate others to become changemakers.
Our work is made possible by generous donors. Donate to the cause and help us ensure a sustainable future for the Ostional Refuge.
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