Member Organizations

1. ASOCIACIÓN TALAMANQUEÑA DE TURISMO Y CONSERVACIÓN - ATEC - (TALAMANCA ECOTOURISM AND CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION)

The main objective of the Talamanca Ecotourism and Conservation Association (ATEC) is to foster ecological tourism in the canton of Talamanca and to provide advice to local landowners.  This Association was formed 25 years ago, being one of the first nonprofit organizations that worked (and continues to work) in training local tour guides.

The Association's efforst are directed toward protecting the environment and supporting the indigenous and Afro-Caribbean ethnic cultures.  It promotes the activities of local tour guides, environmental education and the sale of souvenirs - all made in Costa Rica.

President: Edwin Patterson Bent
Telephone Number: (506) 2750-0191 / (506) 2750-0398
Address: Central Puerto Viejo
E-mail: atecmail@gmail.com
Website:
www.ateccr.org

2. ASOCIACIÓN SAN MIGUELEÑA DE CONSERVACIÓN Y DESARROLLO - ASACODE - (SAN MIGUEL CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION) 

The principal objective of the San Miguel Conservation and Development Association (ASACODE) is to achieve the conservation of nature in San Miguel without setting aside economic and social considerations.  The group's slogan is "love with hunger doesn't last," reflecting the necessity of seeking solutions to the environmental, economic and social problems of the residents.  This Association began as a response by a group of farmers to the growing and massive deforestation in the Talamanca area. 

President: José Luis Zúñiga Zúñiga
Telephone Number: (506) 8835-6819
Address: Los Ángeles de San Miguel (Gandoca)

3. ASOCIACIÓN DE CONSERVACIÓN Y DESARROLLO DE CARBÓN DOS - ASODEC - (CARBÓN DOS CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION)

The main objective of the Carbón Dos Conservation and Development Association is to facilitate actions or processes that seek the sustainable development of Carbón Dos.  The Association develops forest protection activities, environmental education and organic agriculture, as well as the purchase of lands and the participation in the program Payment for Environmental Services developed by the Corredor Biológico (Biological Corridor) that seeks ecosystem conservation.  Their emphasis in recent years has been focused on the management of a small, private reserve of 84 hectares and the consolidation of their tourism initiative of communal rural tourism called "Casa Calateas".

President: Luis Zúñiga Agüero
Telephone Number: (506) 8361-1715/2755-1013 /2234-6878
Address: Carbón Dos
Website:
www.casacalateas.com
E-mail: casacalateas@yahoo.com

4. ASOCIACIÓN DE PEQUEÑOS PRODUCTORES DE TALAMANCA - APPTA - (SMALL FARMERS' ASSOCIATION OF TALAMANCA)

APPTA is performing significant tasks in more than 30 communities in the area, in the sector of organic agriculture and its implications for our present and future, thus assuming an expansive coverage.

This Association began in 1987.  APPTA has been developing an intense business dynamic that combines both the production and diversification of organic products, with both national and international training and organization for the placement of its products.

President: Juanita Baltodano Vilchez
Telephone Number: (506) 2751-0280
Address: Bribri
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000844750447&ref=ts
Website:
www.appta.org

5. ASOCIACIÓN ANAI (ANAI ASSOCIATION)

ANAI began its work in the Talamanca region in 1983 with the primary objective of supporting local communities in directing an autonomous process of sustainable development that protects natural resources and biodiversity, and at the same time to improve the social and economic well-being of the current inhabitants and future generations by way of productive, environmentally-friendly activities, applied science, conservation and training.

President: Diego Lynch Atkin
Telephone Number: (506) 2224-3570
Address: San Pedro de Montes de Oca / Talamanca.
Website:
www.anaicr.org

6. ASOCIACIÓN COMISIÓN DE MUJERES INDÍGENAS DE TALAMANCA  - ACOMUITA - (TALAMANCA INDIGENOUS WOMEN'S COMMISSION ASSOCIATION)

The main objective of ACOMUITA is the political union of the Bribri - Cabécar women to learn and teach, strengthen their culture, conserve nature and promote familiar and communal well-being.

This Association began their labors as a women's organization in 1993 and was established as an assocation in 1999.  Among its activities are projects such as tours to observe the making of chocolate and visits to a traditional indigenous farm; in addition they work on productive projects like eco-tourism, organic agriculture and making crafts, among others. 

President: Gerardina Morales Torres
Telephone Number: (506) 2711-1604
Address: Shiroles, Talamanca
E-mail: mujeresacomuita@gmail.com
Facebook:
http://es-es.facebook.com/people/Acomuita-Mujeres/100000885810970

7. ASOCIACIÓN DE DESARROLLO INTEGRAL DE TERRITORIO INDÍGENA BRIBR - ADITIBRI - (BRIBRI INDIGENOUS TERRITORY INTEGRAL DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION)

This Association was created in 1989 with the objective of achieving the communal, social, economic and cultural development of the population within the Bribri Indigenous Territory.

Among the organization's activities are: strengthening the judicial system and working closely with government institutions to address the needs of the region's inhabitants.

President: José Ángel Páez Guerra
Telephone Number: (506) 2711-1667
Address: Suretka
E-mail: aditibri04@yahoo.com
Website:
www.aditibri.org

8. ASOCIACIÓN DE DESARROLLO INTEGRAL DE LA RESERVA INDÍGENA TALAMANCA CABÉCAR - ADITICA - (CABÉCAR TALAMANCA INDIGENOUS RESERVE INTEGRAL DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION)

The Cabécar Talamanca Indigenous Reserve Integral Development Association (ADITICA) was formed in 1985 with the principal goal of contributing to the economic, social and cultural development of the Cabécar population of Talamanca.

They perform different activities for the improvement of the inhabitants' conditions, conservation of area resources, as well as efforts to create an appropriate image for the Association and to strengthen it by participation in various national and international bodies.

President: José Francisco Morales Fernández
Telephone Number: (506) 8703-8170
Address: Gavilán

9. ASOCIACIÓN KÈKÖLDI WAK KA KONEKE (KÈKÖLDI WAK KA KONEKE ASSOCIATION)

The name of this Association comes from the words Wak (owner) Ka (place or territory) Koneke (caretakers), which together mean: "The caretakers of Kèköldi."  This Association began 14 years ago with the objective of conserving natural resources.  Among its activities are: working with guides, day laborers and artisans, and scientific investigation.

This reserve has an observation tower for viewing migratory birds and a tower for scientific observation.  Among its main tourist attractions is the green iguana nursery, whose objective is the reproduction of the species for their release into the wild.

President: Sebastián Hernández Balma
Telephone Number: (506) 8884-2671/ (506) 2200-3265
Address: Hone Creek – Puerto Viejo
Website:
www.kekoldicr.org

10. ASOCIACIÓN DE DESARROLLO INTEGRAL DE GANDOCA  - ADI GANDOCA - (GANDOCA INTEGRAL DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION)

The main objective of the Gandoca Integral Development Association (ADI Gandoca) is to contribute to the economic, social and cultural development of the community of Gandoca.

President: Eduardo Sossa
Telephone Number: (506) 2754-1062
Address: Comunity of Gandoca

11. ASOCIACIÓN DE DESARROLLO ECOLÓGICO DE COCLES, MANZANILLO Y GANDOCA - ADECOMAGA - ADECOMAGA - (THE ECOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION OF COCLES, MANZANILLO AND GANDOCA)

The principal objective of ADECOMAGA is to work with all the national and international entities and institutions, with the aim of guaranteeing the sustainable development of the Gandoca-Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge.

This Association began in 1994, out of the need to support and strengthen the weak structure of the communities within and neighboring the Refuge, and the need to organize the residents so that together with MINAET (Environmental, Energy and Telecommunications Ministry) they could establish the framework and mechanisms capable of assuring the area's sustainable development .

President: Fernando Arias Molina
Telephone Number: (506) 2750-0137
Address: Gandoca

12. ASOCIACIÓN DE DESARROLLO INTEGRAL DE HONE CREEK - ADI HONE CREEK - (HONE CREEK INTEGRAL DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION)

This organization was started 18 years ago with the primary objective of seeking and promoting the development of the community of Hone Creek by supporting programs for health, rural aqueducts, education and recreation, among others. 

President: Heidy Matarrita Córdoba
Telephone Number: (506) 8835-5561
Address: Hone Creek

13. ASOCIACIÓN DE DESARROLLO INTEGRAL DE MANZANILLO - ADI MANZANILLO - (MANZANILLO INTEGRAL DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION)

The main objective of the Manzanillo Integral Development Association (ADI Manzanillo) is to contribute to the economic, social and cultural development of the community of Manzanillo.

President: Dennis Clark
Telephone Number: (506) 2759-9014
Address: Cabinas Something Different, Manzanillo

14. WIDER CARIBBEAN SEA TURTLE CONSERVATION NETWORK (WIDECAST)

WIDECAST is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization whose mission is to improve the status of sea turtle conservation in Costa Rica with an emphasis on the Caribbean coast, through investigation, political influence, planning, training, socio-economic alternatives and public information.

Its vision is to be a consolidated, motivating, functional and participative national organization that will contribute to coastal residents living committed to the conservation of sea turtles.

President: Didhier Chacón Chaverri
Telephone Number: (506) 2261-3814 Fax: (506) 2260-5789

Address: Mercedes Norte, Heredia, Costa Rica
Website:
www.widecast.org

15. ASOCIACIÓN DE PRODUCTORES EL YÜE (EL YÜE FARMERS' ASSOCIATION)

The Association initiated from the inhabitants' need for chemical free agricultural products to improve the residents' health and impact on the environment.

It was consolidated 12 years ago as an organization comprised of several farming families.  Its objective is to work as organic farmers, dedicated to planting bananas and vegetable gardens.

Services: bicycle rentals, tours of the farm (medicinal plants, organic farming, integral farms), waterfall tours, lodging for families or groups of up to 12 people including meals.

President: Rosa Emilia Cruz Cambronero
Telephone Number: (506) 2756-8089
Address: Carbón 1

16. ASOCIACIÓN DE MUJERES PRODUCTORAS DE WATSI - AMUPROWA - (WATSI WOMEN FARMERS' ASSOCIATION)

This Association was created in September of 2006 as an iniciative of women farmers and artisans in the community of Watsi.  Its objective is to support women in farming and indigenous Bribri craft and production, as well as to develop ecotourism activities.

President: Felipa Morales Pita
Telephone Number: (506) 2751-0574
Address: Watsi

17. ASOPYMEGA

This Association has the following specific objectives:

  1. To promote environmental conservation activities.
  2. To support, train and advise Gandoca community members in varied topics related to conservation and tourism.
  3. To contribute to improve the knowledge about aspects of natural life in Gandoca, by means of the production of informative material, training program management and other technological informational tools.
  4. Cooperate in the investigative process of aspects of life of marine and forest organisms.
  5. Perform experiments about these topics and organize and evaluate the results.

Presidenta: Adelina López Umaña
Número Telefónico: 2754-1050
Dirección: Gandoca

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