Corcovado Marine Reserve (Costa Rica)
The Wyss Foundation is providing a new grant to Osa Conservation to support the designation of a new marine protected area to conserve 7,000 square kilometers of the coastal and marine ecosystems surrounding Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula. The Osa Peninsula is situated in the south Pacific region of Costa Rica, and harbours one of the last pristine areas of undeveloped beaches and ancient rainforest in the tropics. The proposed Corcovado Marine Reserve will ensure protection of this wild oceanic coastline, and conserve the hidden underwater sea mounts that stretch towards the world famous Cocos Island, and the Galapagos Islands beyond. These underwater corridors provide migratory routes for apex predators like the hammerhead shark. With this grant from the Wyss Foundation, Osa Conservation will work with artisanal fishers and other stakeholders on the proposal for the reserve, and develop necessary technical documentation.