New and Notable on www.eco-index.org: The Volcánica Central-Talamanca Biological Corridor: A Living Bridge Across Two Mountain Ranges in Costa Rica

Managing NGO, country: CATIE (Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza), Regional; Comité Gestor del Corredor Biológico Volcánica Central-Talamanca, Costa Rica

Project directors: Mildred Jiménez

Summary: The management committee of the Volcanica Central-Talamanca Biological Corridor (VCTBC) is made up of a group of representatives from local organizations and government institutions in partnership with the Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Eneseñanza (CATIE), are working to consolidate the VCTBC as a living bridge that protects the rich biodiversity of the Volcanica Central and Talamanca mountain ranges. The VCTBC connects eight protected areas within La Amistad and Cordillera Volcánica Central biosphere reserves. Like all biological corridors, the VCTBC is a mixture of protected lands and forests, privately-owned properties with cultivated areas, residential areas, and more.

Donors: Programa de Pequeñas Donaciones (PPD), Costa Rica – Fondo para el Medio Ambiente Mundial, the organizations that form part of the management committee, and the participating communities.

Principal accomplishments: Consolidated the management committee with the participation of key institutional stakeholders and communities; identified priority sites within the VCTBC and developed a technical profile for the corridor; divided the VCTBC into six sub-corridors, each one having its own local committee and a survey of its conservation challenges; developed a work plan and communications strategy; maintained close contact with the authorities of the Cordillera Volcánica Central Conservation Area; worked with the Wildlife Conservation Society’s jaguar conservation program; evaluated the complete strategy for the VCTBC, which encouraged CATIE to continue the project.

Anticipated accomplishments: Form a local committee in the Barbilla sub-corridor for the Path of the Jaguar; coordinate with the environmental management plan for the Reventazon hydroelectric project planned within the corridor; coordinate with communities and the National Biodiversity Institute (INBio) to conduct the next biodiversity inventory within the VCTBC; with help from the VCTBC management committee, develop action plans for local sub-corridor committees to promote greater autonomy and participation in the program.

Contacts: Mildred Jiménez, CATIE. Apartado Postal 7170, Turrialba, Costa Rica. Tel: +506/2558-2453, fax:+506/2558-2057. mildred@catie.ac.cr, http://www.catie.ac.cr.

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