Top left: Costa Rican scientist taking samples of a tapir in the park.

Top right: Costa Rican and foreign arqueologists at the Museo de Esferas (Stone Spheres Museum) measuring and recording data.

Bellow: A group of volunteers from different nationalities help in keeping the beach clean.
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Administration and Management
-The National Park System of Costa Rica is under the bureaucratic control of the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Telecommunications (MINAET).

-Four ranger stations within the Corcovado Park provide accommodation and facilities for the park rangers and support for park visitors and academic researchers.
Sirena Operational Headquarters is a facility that provides camping areas and natural trails to visitors.
-At San Pedrillo Station, Los Patos and La Leona frameworks are maintained only for camping. The Sirena station offers lodging in dormitories and hot meals, cooking area for camping, facilities with showers, toilets, access to internet, public telephones.

-The Park Service has an office in Puerto Jimenez where reservations are made. Day tour or regular visitors also require a reservation. For camping or staying in dorms, it must to be paid in advance before the arrival, and must be made with no more than one month in advance of the arrival date.
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Academic and Governmental Research


-Organization for the Tropical Studies OTS:
*This organization develops a scientific research and enviromental program for 30 years in Corcovado.

Foundations, conservation organizations, and Corcovado National Park.


-The Government initiated in 1987, an integration for management of the Park and outreach to the country through nine Conservation Areas regional (AEC).

-Each of these protected areas and buffer zones adjacent to a joint development, joined within a national system of conservation areas (SINAC). The Osa Conservation Area (ACOSA) combines the Corcovado National Park (currently 572 km²) and the Golfo Dulce forest reserve (592 km²) strive work unified with the local communities to define the way of carrying out activities that are ecologically and economically sustainable (Brandon and Umaña 1991).

-A reserve of native Americans (American Indians, in 27.1 km2) to group ethnic Guaymí is adjacent to the Park, to the North. About the peninsula where meets the Mainland West Sierpe-Térraba reservation mangrove forest (227 km2). A third part of the peninsula is private land, which includes some stocks of ecotourism, only 97 Km² of the AIF at the disposal of the land is considered suitable for agriculture (only for working on plots of 20 hectares).

-In 1988, a program of eco development (BOSCOSA) was initiated by the Neotropic Foundation and the World Wildlife Fund- United States (WWF-US) to improve the situation on the peninsula, for example, on the Golfo Dulce forest reserve, where 5,000 families living in the Guaymi reserve where there are 24 indigenous families (and a few on farms). The efforts of forest include research, training, sustainable forestry community, natural forest management, the acquisition of lands, reforestation, agroforestry, the cultivation of ornamental plants, environmental (including a tropical Youth Center) education, crafts and eco-tourism (Cabarle et al. 1992).

-Work in conservation has been supported, including conservation international, The Nature Conservancy (partly through its parks in peril campaign), WWF-US, the rain, the conservation of forests in several countries, Catholic Relief Service, organization of American States, and Costa Rica, Danish, Dutch, Swedish and us.UU. Governments.

- In 1990 Costa Rica submitted a national strategy of cooperation for the Conservation and Sustainable Development (ECODES), dealing with General issues such as the land and the ability of integrated assessment of land use processes, and the development of new laws and regulations on the environment, forestry and SINAC. Recently a new law on biodiversity (including wild fauna and flora) was enacted. Funding requested Global Environment Facility (GEF) will strengthen efforts such as the INBio forest and the region. This comprehensive and integrated activities are essential for survival and the healthy functioning of major natural systems in an appropriate way.
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