Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge, Los Chiles, Alajuela.
For many years, the local residents of Caño Negro, as well as those of the adjoining areas, have eaten and traded local animals. These eating habits and practices have serious implications and threaten the ecosystem making it urgent to take actions to protect its fauna from destruction. Even more so as the younger crowd has adopted the same eating patterns, there is no habit of keeping home gardens or producing sustainably.
Although many acknowledge the resources’ endangerment at the refuge, it results of the utmost importance to promote a cultural change by increasing the community’s awareness and protection of the ecosystem in the context of environmental education and sustainable production. The project seeks to create training processes for facilitators; conduct environmental celebration dates; ecological education talks; workshops and field trips to various selected communities. These initiatives will turn into sustainable production patterns. The essence of these actions is to consolidate the existence of new principles in individuals, so they become multipliers in the protection of natural resources and sustainable production. Thus, it will encourage a change of attitude in the population, especially in children and young people, without neglecting the promotion of education in adults. The educational work will be based on the proper use of the natural resources and sustainable production practices in their areas.
To highlight one of the advantages, the institutions of the area offer an environmental component that may be envisioned as an opportunity to engage them with the Environmental Education Program of Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge for a long-term commitment.
The total investment is US$7.000.00. The University for International Economic Cooperation (UCCI for its Spanish acronym) is providing financial support.