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!
Union des Paysans Tèt Kole de Mahotière (UPTKMA) trains farmers in sustainable agriculture techniques such as gardening, livestock production, and seed storage to increase incomes and food security. UPTKMA also provides financial management training and access to capital through savings and loan associations, providing farmers the opportunity to grow their small businesses.