Fundación Neotrópica (NEO) is a private nonprofit organization, founded in 1985 incorporated in Costa Rica. Its mission is to contribute to the sustainable development of the Neo-tropical Region, through research, and the execution of actions that generate viable options to the sustainable use of natural resources through communitarian self-management. It focuses its work especially in buffer zones and other managed ecosystems where environmental conflicts abound and innovative trans-disciplinary and collaborative solutions are adequate. NEO was established by a group of Costa Ricans concerned with the national environmental situation, seeking to expand the analytical perspective and vision to address this situation with the participation of the civil society. They sought to find a balance between environmental conservation, economic development and social wellbeing. It was henceforth that NEO was created to help mediate the environmental conflicts that were intrinsic to seeking the sustainable management of managed ecosystems on which protected areas depend; to favor the migration of flora and fauna without lessening the possibility of mutual growth between human beings and their development. Two strategic mandates were established from the start and diligently continue today: field projects with communities to establish integral sustainable development models and applied research that connects those communities with national policies and ecosystems.
Role in the project and previous experience:
NEO will lead WP3 and will participate in WP2, WP4 and WP5 and WP6. NEO has lead and/or participated in the following projects with European counterparts in the Netherlands, Austria, Denmark, Norway, and Sweden and international partners such as WWF, US-AID, and The Nature Conservancy: Support the Sustainable Management and Conservation of the Biodiversity of the Mangrove Ecosystems in the Channel of GBAGA in Benin and the Dulce Gulf in ACOSA Costa Rica (South-South Cooperation Program); Strengthening of the Self-Management Capacity of the Community of La Gamba, Osa canton; Buffer Zone Development and Community Empowerment Project for the Tortuguero National Park, Tropical Youth Center, Osa Peninsula; BOSCOSA, Osa Peninsula.