The infrastructure that houses the rich biodiversity of Costa Rica also needs to be sustainable. ProParques understood, since 2006, that the parks and biological reserves that are part of our national conservation system required something essential to be sustainable: improved services and infrastructure that help preserve and enhance the quality of the experience of national and international visitors, and to give park rangers better conditions to perform their work.
ProParques, working hand in hand with the National Conservation Areas System (SINAC), provides practical solutions to specific needs: new trails, viewpoints, biodigesters, signage, visitor services, Internet connection, volunteering programs, and more.
Through private and voluntary donations, ProParques serves the needs of national protected areas and coordinates solutions in the most efficient way. For example, a 1,200 meters-long universal access trail was built in 2013 in the Carara National Park (Central Pacific, Costa Rica). It required a US $330,000 investment, and it was possible thanks to donations from thousands of Costa Ricans and more than 28 companies.
ProParques also channels training opportunities and equipment to rangers.
Each year, we deliver six training sessions per region on key subjects like first aid, security, and management of computer systems.
More than 250 rangers have taken courses in basic first aid and CPR.
In 2016, 29 rangers earned the “Management and Conservation of Natural Resources” diploma by the National University (UNA) thanks to scholarships granted by ProParques. In 2017, 20 more rangers received scholarships and enrolled in the program.
More than 4,000 volunteers worked hand in hand with ProParques in 20 conservation areas during 2017.
Thanks to our “Historic Trails” awareness campaign, visitation to the Santa Rosa National Park increased 36%.
During 2017, ProParques’ projects in 20 conservation areas positively impacted over 1,600,000 visitors.