DEMAIN FOUNDATION’S PURPOSE/ PROPARQUES

DEMAIN FOUNDATION’S PURPOSE

PROPARQUES: THE BEST EXPERIENCE WITH THE ENVIRONMENT

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.

WHAT IS PROPARQUES?

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.

OUR ACHIEVEMENTS

Trainig for Rangers

More than 250 rangers have taken courses in basic first aid and CPR.

College Scholarships for Rangers

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.

Volunteering

More than 4,000 volunteers worked hand in hand with ProParques in 20 conservation areas during 2017.

More Tourists Visit Our National Parks

Thanks to our “Historic Trails” awareness campaign, visitation to the Santa Rosa National Park increased 36%.

Positive Impact

During 2017, ProParques’ projects in 20 conservation areas positively impacted over 1,600,000 visitors.

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