DEMAIN FOUNDATION’S PURPOSE

ENVIRONMENT: PROPARQUES

THE BEST EXPERIENCE WITH THE ENVIRONMENT

WHAT IS PROPARQUES?

ProParques is a nonprofit conservation organization that was born in 2006 and is composed of academics, environmental activists, entrepreneurs, and tourism professionals who are committed to identifying, conceptualizing and executing projects to support the long-term sustainability of Costa Rica’s national parks and other protected areas by providing, at least, two key elements: improved infrastructure to help enhance the quality of the experience for visitors, and specialized training and equipment for park rangers.

OUR WORK

INFRASTRUCTURE

ProParques works hand in hand with the National Conservation Areas System (SINAC) and other conservation organizations to provide practical solutions to specific infrastructure needs: build new trails and viewpoints; installing biodigesters, signage, Internet connection and other visitor services; improving water and sanitary facilities, and more. This is possible through private donations and voluntary work. For example, a 1,200 meters-long universal access trail was built  in 2013 in the Carara National Park, which required a US $330,000 investment donated by thousands of Costa Ricans and more than 28 companies.

 STRENGTHENING PARK RANGERS

The organization coordinates specialized training opportunities for hundreds of park rangers in areas such as first aid, computer systems and visitors’ services; facilitates access to English language courses, and grants scholarships for the “Management and Conservation of Natural Resources” diploma by the National University (UNA). Additionally, ProParques channels key equipment donations for the rangers.

VOLUNTEER WORK

ProParques coordinates over 90 volunteer work sessions per year in national parks across the country with individuals, companies from the public and private sector, and with academic institutions. These volunteers donate thousands of work hours to help with maintenance, cleaning and conservation of our protected areas.

OUR ACHIEVEMENTS

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Trained Rangers

have taken courses in basic first aid and CPR facilitated by ProParques.
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College Scholarships

have been granted to park rangers to earn the “Management and Conservation of Natural Resources” diploma by the National University (UNA). In 2016, 29 rangers received their diploma, while 20 more enrolled in the program in 2017.
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Volunteers

worked hand in hand with us in 2017 to improve 20 conservation areas across the country.
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High-End Trails

were built by Proparques in the last five years – two universal access trails, one in the Carara National Park and one in the Santa Rosa National Park; and a unique trail in the Guayabo National Monument.
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Visitors

 benefited from our work in 2017 as we helped to train park rangers and to improve the infraestructure in 20 protected areas.

Help us to improve Costa Rica’s protected areas and safeguard the environment.