Evolution of a community-based, Scarlet Macaw conservation organization

This paper analyzed the evolution of a community-based effort to conserve the Central Pacific Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao) population in Costa Rica. Between 1990-1994, research demonstrated that the macaw population was declining, primarily due to chick poaching. Club Punta Leona, the town of Quebrada Ganado and the Universidad Nacional initiated the conservation efforts. Two regional workshops (1994, 1999) outlined and evaluated a protection strategy. Both workshops recommended: (a) carrying out strong environmental education programs, (b) protecting chicks in nests, (c) increasing macaw food and nesting sources, (d) research and monitoring of the macaw population, and (e) promoting the project and providing economic returns for local inhabitants. A local conservation organization, LAPPA, was created and attempted to carry out the strategy. Reviewing their successes, LAPPA’s board of directors considered they had been effective with respect to items a, b and d. Strategic planning conducted at the workshops was essential for the conservation work. The methodology utilized in the second workshop helped outline the Scarlet Macaw workplan more clearly then the first. Finally, funds channelled through LAPPA for macaw conservation work have been utilized effectively. To ensure future success, board members believe that this program requires: (a) additional community leaders in more communities, (b) yearly strategic planning, (c) funding to hire a full-time staff member, (d) continued environmental education for children, (e) a transparent accounting system, and (f ) continued research and monitoring.KEY WORDSAra macao, community-based conservation, Costa Rica, environmental education, monitoring, Scarlet Macaw, strategic planning.

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Main Author: Vaughan, Christopher
Format: Digital revista
Published: Universidad Estatal a Distancia, Costa Rica 2012
Online Access:https://revistas.uned.ac.cr/index.php/cuadernos/article/view/135
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