Who We Are - Osa Conservation
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About Us

Founded in 2003, Osa Conservation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the globally significant biodiversity of the Osa Peninsula.

We protect Osa’s natural ecosystems by:

  • Creating biological corridors for Osa’s wildlife
  • Connecting habitat between Corcovado National Park, Piedras Blancas National Park and the Terraba-Sierpe National Wetlands and incorporating them into the Osa Wildlife Refuge
  • Managing and protecting the Osa National Wildlife Refuge
  • Supporting the monitoring and protection of the Terraba-Sierpe National Wetlands, Golfo Dulce and other important marine ecosystems
  • Building successful models for private conservation
  • Restoring damaged and degraded ecosystems

We engage society in environmental stewardship by:

  • Promoting environmentally responsible and sustainable local economic opportunities
  • Raising environmental awareness in our communities
  • Collaborating with ecotourism businesses to engage Osa visitors in conservation and best practices
  •  Leveraging mass media to create awareness of the importance of protecting the Osa
  • Shifting local and national policies and decision making toward ecological sustainability

We promote the scientific understanding of environmental issues by:

  • Hosting and supporting scientists and researchers from around the world
  • Cataloguing species and monitoring ecosystem health
  • Developing and implementing sound ecological management techniques
  • Disseminating ecological knowledge and best practices
  • Training and educating the next generation of citizen scientists

We build support systems for long-term sustainability in Osa by:

  • Providing world-class research and education facilities and services
  • Maintaining an enduring and adaptable conservation institution
  • Employing world-class information management systems for conservation
  • Developing and applying innovative methods for environmental monitoring and protection
  • Building strategic partnerships and alliances for conservation