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Uncategorized / 17.06.2016

[caption id="attachment_9083" align="aligncenter" width="300"] The beneficial mycorrhizal fungus found in large amounts in wild plants on Osa Verde. This fungus is one that gives several benefits to the plant.[/caption] Beginning four months ago, the National University, Osa Conservation, and University of Costa Rica have been uniting forces in order to carry out the establishment and development of organic mother vanilla plants in the Osa. Since the cultivation is very profitable, it would be a good economic opportunity for the farmers in the southern part of the country, many of whom...

Uncategorized / 17.06.2016

  [caption id="attachment_9083" align="aligncenter" width="300"] el hongo benéfico Micorriza encontrado en gran cantidad en plantas silvestres de Osa Verde y es el que le da varios beneficios a la planta.[/caption] Desde hace más de cuatro meses la Universidad Nacional, Conservación Osa y Universidad de Costa Rica, hanunido esfuerzos para llevar a cabo el establecimiento y desarrollo de plantas madre de Vanilla spp. orgánica en la zona de Puerto Jiménez de Costa Rica, debido a que el cultivo es sumamente rentable y sería una gran oportunidad para los agricultores de la...

Uncategorized / 10.06.2016

Hace poco menos de un año, el campo de la conservación perdió a uno de sus íconos, y tanto Osa como el Parque Nacional de Corcovado perdieron a su más grande defensor. El Parque Nacional de Corcovado, la joya de Osa, abarca un área de aproximadamente   50,000 hectáreas y fue  establecido en  1975. La fundación de este y otros parques nacionales fue dirigida por un pequeño grupo de tenaces conservacionista y visionarios, entre ellos  Álvaro Ugalde Víquez. La contribución que Álvaro Ugalde hizo en términos de conservación se extiende...

Uncategorized / 10.06.2016

A little over one year ago conservation lost one of its finest and both the Osa and Corcovado National Park lost their greatest champion. The founding of Corcovado National Park, the so-called jewel of the Osa, and other national parks was spearheaded by a few tenacious conservationists and visionaries, among them Alvaro Ugalde Viquiz. The contribution Alvaro Ugalde made to conservation extends far beyond this one park and the Osa – but he made no secret of the fact that Corcovado was his favorite park and the Osa was...

Uncategorized / 03.06.2016

The banana is one of the most popular fruits in the world. However, since each banana is genetically identical it is highly susceptible to disease. The Osa Verde Farm is able to combat such disease by planting genetically diverse bananas, not using chemical inputs, and maintaining other sustainable practices. By: Holland Cathey The banana. A fruit that we have grown to love, rely on, and ultimately take for granted may be in danger of going extinct.  A seemingly incurable fungus called the Panama Disease is rapidly spreading to plantations around the world...

Uncategorized / 27.05.2016

La Nación: http://www.nacion.com/vivir/ambiente/Ticos-agua-persona_0_1550044983.html “Ticos tendrán 65% menos agua por persona para el año 2020” 22 de marzo de 2016, Michelle Soto M.   Ríos Saludables de Osa trabajando para conservar la calidad del agua en la Península de Osa [caption id="attachment_9067" align="alignleft" width="300"] Figura 1. Miembros de Ríos Saludables de Osa participando en un taller en la Estación Biológica Piro de Conservación Osa, Diciembre 2015.[/caption] Este marzo 2016,  La Nación publicó un importante artículo sobre la cantidad y calidad del agua en Costa Rica, tema crítico en el trabajo del proyecto de Ríos Saludables...

Uncategorized / 27.05.2016

The Nation: http://www.nacion.com/vivir/ambiente/Ticos-agua-persona_0_1550044983.html “Costa Ricans will have 65% less water per person by the year 2020” March 22, 2016, Michelle Soto M.   Osa’s Healthy Rivers has been working to conserve the water quality in the Osa Peninsula. [caption id="attachment_9068" align="alignleft" width="300"] Figure 1. Group from The Gamba School monitoring The Gamba River, close to the Golf, May 2016.[/caption] This march in 2016, The Nation published an important article about the quantity and quality of water in Costa Rica, the critical theme in the work of Osa’s healthy river project, which monitors...

Uncategorized / 12.05.2016

The lush and enchanted forests of Piro, Osa Conservation saw the return of their majestic King of the Jungle after two long years. The Jaguar Is Back! In the late hours of 23rd March 2016 the first images of this beautiful creature was captured on the camera traps on the Ajo trail. Since the last sightings of the jaguar on the camera traps here was back in 2014, his return is very exciting. Especially for the big cat programme and its researcher Tabea who ran out screaming “JAGUAR JAGUAR” when...

Uncategorized / 06.05.2016

Bokashi: Improving the Soil through Solid Waste By Yngrid Espinoza In a time of unparalleled consumption, intensive agricultural production, mass exploitation of raw materials and countless other activities that advance 'development' - we in Costa Rica are generating an enormous quantity of solid waste daily. According to the University of Costa Rica, each individual produces a staggering 1.3 - 2.4 pounds of waste daily. 45% of this ends up in illegal dumps and approximately 50-60% of this waste is biodegradable material. With this in mind, the vision of Osa Conservation's Sustainable Agriculture Program is utilize organic waste to generate organic fertilizer for our farm. It is essential...

Uncategorized / 06.05.2016

Por Yngrid Espinoza En una etapa tan consumista y con altos movimientos de producción de carne o cultivos, procesamientos de materia prima y el sinfín de actividades que desarrolla el ser humano está generando una enorme cantidad de residuos sólidos diarios. Según la UCR, se produce de 0.6 a 1.1 kilos per cápita de basura diaria, 45% terminan en botaderos clandestinos y la cobertura de recolección es de alrededor de un 75%; sobre todo que un 50-60% son materiales biodegradables que podrían ser reciclados. En nuestro primer mes...