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Costa Rica

Costa Rica was The Nature Conservancy’s first international program.

The Nature Conservancy's history in Costa Rica spans more than thirty years, beginning in 1975 with TNC's first international land purchase through a partnership with the national government and local organizations. This purchase helped established Corcovado National Park, now considered the jewel of Costa Rica's park system.

Over the years, we have built solid partnerships with public and private sectors, NGOs and community groups. Together, we have expanded and strengthened protected areas; helped communities build sustainable livelihoods; and assisted land-owners to establish a robust network of private reserves.  

To ensure the protection and maintenance of these spectacular natural parks, in 2010 we led the development of Forever Costa Rica, along with the government of Costa Rica, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the Linden Trust for Conservation and the Walton Family Foundation. Forever Costa Rica has largely expanded Costa Rica's marine protected areas, funded the improvement of existing parks, and monitors the impacts of climate change- it is also an outstanding example of the power of bringing together, in one large and complex deal, all the stakeholders, resources, and commitments needed to permanently conserve large ecosystems at a scale that was previously deemed unrealistic.

Countries around the world look to Costa Rica as a conservation standard bearer, and its successes are inspirational examples for others to follow. 

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We’re working to foster good stewardship and conservation of Costa Rica’s most vital resource.


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