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Reserva Playa Tortuga: A Synergy of Conservation Science and Activism General Area of Study: The general area of study is the Osa Conservation Area (ACOSA), which is located in the Southern Pacific Zone of Costa Rica- from the river mouth of the Baru River in Dominical reaching until Punta Burica (which is the southern pacific coastal border between Panama and Costa Rica). This area includes the mangroves of the Terraba-Sierpe basin, Cano Island, and the Osa Penninsula/Golfo Dulce areas. There are many ongoing conservation projects in this area right now, covering diverse subject matters. However they are mostly related to terrestrial concerns. The Osa Peninsula’s Marine environment has actually received very little study and still needs to be generally defined and described with regards to the marine environments. Marine Turtles and Mangrove areas are two important examples. Up until now conservation actions and scientific Studies in the Northern Osa have been extremely limited in scope and lacked co-ordination with other projects. Our Immediate Short Term Study Area is: Playa Tortuga. Located at the coordinates- 09º04.5381`LN y 83º40.3096`LO. The beach itself is approximately 2.5km and is surround by mangrove, the Terraba river, and Pacific Ocean. We plan to inventory and monitor the beach, mangroves, and river immediately surrounding the beach. WHY DO CONSERVATION?- WHY HERE?- WHAT DOES IT MEAN GLOBALY, LOCALLY, LONGTERM? Reserva Playa Tortuga is a biological research, education and conservation facility whose mission is to insure the long term health and sustainability of BOTH the environment and people. It is a place where scientists and the local and international community can come together to take responsibility for the future. Reserva Playa Tortuga strives to create 'Citizen Scientists'; engendering a sense of individual responsibility and stewardship in the community. We are a part of the paradigm shift away from a culture of waste and inefficiency. The next stage of life for humanity is growth through sustainability-conservation of resources- aggressive thoughtless consumption of resources is turning out to be unsustainable for the planet- “. . .apathy is the real killer of conservation. You know, I’m 71 years old. So I’ve seen [biodiversity] go from vibrancy all around us — wild forests everywhere — to trashed and void landscapes in my lifetime. So I remember what it was like when there was primary forest right up the side of the road, on 50 percent of the roads in Costa Rica. Today there’s none — it’s all gone. The only piece of intact forest on a paved road in Costa Rica is 22 hectares. And that piece is the only piece between the Panama Canal and Mazatlan, Mexico. Which I can say with authority because I have driven all of those roads. Now, the next generation — the one that’s got the laptops and the iPods and the Google access — has not seen that. The landscape you see today is their ground zero. This creates apathy of two kinds. One is they don’t have any idea what could be there. They don’t have any idea of what they, themselves, could be seeing, or what they could have in their backyard. . .What this does, of course, is creates for them a world where the biodiversity they are exposed to is that which they get electronically. The butterfly’s only a picture on your laptop screen. And the only way that societies will be tolerant of big chunks of nature is if those big chunks are offering them something. And if you’re blind to what’s in it, you’ve suddenly cut the list of what it can offer you down very severely.” ( Daniel Janzen and Learning to Read the Planet Yale Environment 360, 25 Mar 10). Biodiversity in the ecosystem is important for human survival; for example, mangroves act as a nursery for many of the fish species which are consumed by people, and riparian corridors along streams help protect water quality. Many plant and animal species provide direct benefits in the way of food, building materials,energy, medicines, or for their cultural value. Other benefits are less obvious but even more essential for our survival e.g. by pollinating crops, sequestering carbon and producing the oxygen we breathe . Interactions between adjacent habitats, such as along the coastal zone, are an important mechanism in promoting the high biodiversity of the OSA. It is also important to identify species which are important for maintaining ecosystem integrity due to their ecological interactions. Changes in the populations of these functionally important species can have cascading effects throughout the ecosystem. In addition to the importance of knowing what and where species are, biodiversity inventories provide the foundation for many other kinds of studies e.g. monitoring, comparative and ecological studies. Measuring abundance as well as species composition can help identify rare or endangered species that may be especially vulnerable. It will also provide a baseline for future studies that can monitor long-term population dynamics in relation to past or future environmental changes. Understanding how species respond to various kinds of land-use and other types of human activities, as well as how habitats and species recover following these disturbances, is also a conservation priority. The current study (inventory and monitoring) the mangroves and riparian zones, (which are virtually unstudied in this area and are extremely vulnerable to human activities), contain many unique and important species. Studies identifying and monitoring which species are sensitive or resilient to environmental changes can strengthen general knowledge forge or change development policies,monitor and also identify potential causes of species declines. Measurements of environmental variables that may affect the keystone species can also strengthen the interpretation of observed patterns. Monitoring of the dynamics of populations over time provides information that is even more useful for conservation. Monitoring data can be used to understand the influence of many different environmental variables on species’ population size and persistence. It also describes the trajectory of population increase or decrease which can be used to identify which species need protection or to evaluate conservation success. Many of the priorities for species inventories apply to monitoring for the same reasons. The focus of our inventory and monitoring of the species and habitats in the defined study area will emphasize- endemic and over-exploited or endangered species; we will also focus on species (once identified) that are especially ecologically important or that are charismatic or important for people. Such species may provide ecosystem services or may have intrinsic or other value for local people, or may benefit the region by boosting eco-tourism. We hope to monitor changes in populations associated with ongoing disturbances, such as various kinds of land-use, hunting and fishing, as well as the subsequent recovery of habitats and populations due to recently renewed conservation efforts. Certain species merit higher conservation priority than others for the reasons as described above, and basic information about the ecology of these species is important for their protection. Identifying the specific threats and potential causes of decline or extinction for these target species is perhaps the most important task for designing and implementing a conservation strategy. Part of this knowledge comes from an understanding of which types of habitats these species require or are able to use, as well as their potential resource limitations. Predators and other factors may also play important roles. Since much of the area we will study is consists a mixture of habitats, it is important to understand how individuals move across the landscape, as well as how much area they require. How You Can Participate: CONTACT US: Reserva Playa Tortuga Telephone: (506) 2786 5200 Join Us on Facebook: Reserva Playa Tortuga Playa Tortuga Marine Turtle Conservation Program
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Reserva Playa Tortuga: A Synergy of Conservation Science and Activism
- We are a non-profit biological research and education center formed by local community members ('citizen scientists') and Costa Rican Scientists to create a culture of environmental conservation within Costa Rica. Our main study areas at this time are concentrated around Ojochal: Playa Tortuga, Isla Garza, and the Terraba River. Reserva Playa Tortuga works with the local communities, organizations and individuals to promote Awareness,Action,and Alliances.

Objectives of the Playa Tortuga Marine Conservation and Research Center:
- To develop solid means of positive communication with populations and communities associated with study areas in favor of protection of coastal marine resources and the development of responsible ecological tourism.
- Establish strategic alliances with governmental entities and non-governmental groups working towards conservation and management of natural resources at national and international levels.
- To educate and enable local population e.g. create programs and opportunities to earn environmentally sustainable incomes, environmental education of communities and school children.
- Identify populations of coastal animals in danger of local, general, or global extinction.
- To maintain and rehabilitate the land in order to create/re-create an intact coastal zone that protects the Osa's incredible wealth of biodiversity while supporting and facilitating sustainable development and living for the immediate coastal populations from Cortes to Dominical.
- To provide opportunities to the scientists and researchers from Costa Rica to work with senior researchers and faculty members of US and other international Universities and research facilities on order to upgrade their research skills in the fields related to Conservation Ecology and Biogeochemistry of Tropical Coastal Marine Systems.
- Provide a mechanism to scientists and researchers to use the equipment and facility of Playa Tortuga Marine Conservation and Research Center for their own research activities involving biological investigation of tropical marine environments in regions where such activities have not been carried out, only minimally, or not in recent times.
- The primary objective is to gather and compile environmental data relevant to local conservation initiatives and to make them widely accessible, in order to facilitate environmental monitoring and research ventures of the future.

Esta es la nueva tienda on-line de Reserva Playa Tortuga. Gracias a, ofrecemos un gran número de productos con logos e imagenes de Reserva Playa Tortuga unicos.

Reserva Playa Tortuga somos un centro de investigación y educación biológica sin fines de lucro formado por miembros de la comunidad local ("ciudadanos científicos") y científicos costarricenses para crear una cultura de conservación del medio ambiente en Costa Rica.
Nuestras principales áreas de estudio en este momento se concentran alrededor de Ojochal: Playa Tortuga, Isla Garza, y el río Térraba.
Reserva Playa Tortuga trabaja con las comunidades locales, organizaciones e individuos para promover el conocimiento, acción, y alianzas.

Objetivos del Centro de Investigación y Conservación Marina Playa Tortuga
Desarrollar medios sólidos de comunicación positiva con las poblaciones y las comunidades asociadas a áreas de estudio en favor de la protección de los recursos marinos costeros y el desarrollo de un turismo ecológico responsable.
Establecer alianzas estratégicas con entidades gubernamentales y grupos no gubernamentales que trabajan en la conservación y la gestión de los recursos naturales a nivel nacional e internacional.
Educar y capacitar a la población local. Por ejemplo, crear programas y oportunidades de obtener ingresos sostenibles con el medio ambiente, la educación ambiental de las comunidades y los niños de la escuela.
Identificar las poblaciones de animales costeros en peligro de extinción local, general o global.
Mantener y rehabilitar la tierra con el fin de crear o volver a crear una zona intacta costera que proteja la increíble riqueza de Osa de la biodiversidad, apoyando y facilitando el desarrollo sostenible y de vida de las poblaciones costeras inmediatas desde Cortes a Dominical.
Ofrecer oportunidades a los científicos e investigadores de Costa Rica de trabajar con investigadores de alto nivel y miembros de facultades de los EE.UU. y de otras universidades internacionales además de facilidades para la investigación con el fin de mejorar sus habilidades de investigación en los campos relacionados con la Conservación de la Ecología y Biogeoquímica de los Sistemas Marinos Costeros Tropicales.
Proporcionar un mecanismo a los científicos e investigadores para utilizar el equipo y las instalaciones del Centro de Investigaión y Conservacion Marina Playa Tortuga en sus propias actividades de investigación en torno a la investigación biológica de los ambientes marinos tropicales en las regiones donde estas actividades no se han llevado a cabo, sólo mínimamente, o no en los últimos tiempos.
El objetivo principal es reunir y compilar datos ambientales en relación con las iniciativas locales de conservación y hacerlos accesibles a todos, con el fin de facilitar la vigilancia del medio ambiente y futuros proyectos de investigación.

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