Invasive lionfish destroy biodiversity and marine ecosystems throughout the Caribbean, which has resulted in declining income for Costa Rican fishers. Asociación de Pescadores Artesanales del Caribe Sur (APACS) advocates for responsible fishing to create a more sustainable coastal ecosystem for local fishers, their families and tourists. At the IAF, we support community-led solutions to expand economic opportunity in Costa Rica. APACS’ activities bolster efforts to counteract environmental degradation and protect the natural resources that communities depend on.
|Project:||Location:||Years active:||IAF grant funding:||Counterpart commitment:||Direct beneficiaries:||Indirect beneficiaries:||Program areas:|
|Improving the Quality of Life of Fishers along the Southern Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica through Marine||Costa Rica||2014 – 2019||$135,000||$152,700||300 individuals||1,080 individuals||civic engagement|
leadership and education
job skills and enterprise development
natural resource management
Talk about community-led development!
Centro de Promoción de la Equidad “María Elena Moyano” helps small-scale producers from six organizations increase family incomes, diversify and add value to their products and protect the environment by cultivating agroforestry systems focused on native rubber species and associated crops.
Fundación Gaia Amazonas (GAIA), in close collaboration with the Fundación Natura (Natura) and the Centro de Investigación y Educación Popular (CINEP) support 13 local organizations (Asociaciones de Autoridades Indigenas –AATI) in the departments of Amazonas, Vaupes and Guainia to advocate for their livelihoods.