In October, Friends of the Osa’s Environmental Education program, working with ACEPESA (Central American Association for the Economy, Health and Environment), started conducting workshops in the community of La Palma, Costa Rica. These workshops are designed to raise awareness about appropriate water management and are part of a larger project, “Capacity building in coastal communities of the Golfo Dulce to improve sanitation conditions.”
The objective of this project is to contribute to community awareness about the responsible use of water resources and the proper management of wastewater through the construction of bio-boxes as a mechanism for treatment of gray water.
Workshop topics are: 1. Water and its importance to human life and ecosystems, 2. Water and watersheds, 3. Mangrove ecosystems, 4. Golfo Dulce ecosystem, 5. Global warming and its impacts, 6. Water and its effect on health and the environment, and 7. Alternative sanitation and rainwater harvesting.
This project is relevant to the conservation of the Osa Peninsula’s aquatic resources including rivers, mangroves and the Golfo Dulce, helping to mitigate pollution and deterioration of these vital ecosystems.