November 2014 (No.X)

Dear <<First Name>>,
In this month’s newsletter, read about how economic, social, and community development are being supported and strengthened through the Caminos de Liderazgo program, a joint program between INOGO, CRUSA, the National Park Service of Costa Rica, and RBA. As a complimentary project, the INOGO case study on African palm plantations in the southern region, featuring science undertaken by Dr. Rodolfo Dirzo and colleagues, is now available online. Also be sure to read about how INOGO Strategic Organization, The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, and Strategic Actor, Zacarías Alemán Valencia and his family business in Bahía Drake, are improving quality of life and local business in the region. 
The INOGO Team


Creating a New Tourism Destination
In May 2014, the Caminos de Liderazgo project in the ACOSA area was started and carried out with the participation from INOGO, CRUSA, the Costa Rican National Park System (SINAC), and with RBA as the executor. Although 80% of the Osa Peninsula is under some form of legal environmental protection, many of the local human and social components of the area have often been overlooked, which have led to activities such as illegal logging, gold mining, and hunting of protected species. Read more 


"The Impacts of African Palm Plantations on Biological Diversity"
This case study evaluates the biodiversity and basic environmental services provided by African oil palm plantations and intact forests in the Osa and Golfito regions in Costa Rica, an area with very high biodiversity that supports critical habitats for many species of flora and fauna. It was undertaken in parallel with the “Terrestrial Ecosystems Report of the Osa and Golfito Region, Costa Rica” (Dirzo et al. 2014) and serves as a complimentary study. In this study, various biological metrics were tested such as plant species richness, epiphytic diversity, and plant density to determine both the long- and short-term impacts and implications of oil palm plantations in the region. Read more 

upcoming events

Nov. 19 

National Protected Areas Day (Costa Rica)

Featured Strategic ACtor: Zacarías Alemán Valencia

Meet Zacarías Alemán Valencia, a strategic actor working in Osa and Golfito 
Zacarias Aleman Valencia hails from Guanacaste but has been living in Drake Bay for the past 32 years, where he arrived as a small boy with his parents. Currently, he serves as President of the Board of Education of the Curíme School in Planes de Drake and has his own business in the region – Casa Drake Lodge. Read more 


Read about what MAG is doing in the Osa and Golfito region
The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) of Costa Rica is responsible for promoting competitiveness and the development of agricultural activities and the rural environment, in harmony with environmental protection and productive resources, as a means to promote a better quality of life ... Read more

News & Events

Sea Turtle Festival 2014
Bailey Bridge Construction, Puerto Jimenez - Carate (Osa)
Rural Tourism in Rancho Quemado (video) 

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