Editor: Jane Villa-Lobos
TALAMANCA BIOLOGICAL CORRIDOR
The Talamanca region of southeastern Costa Rica contains a
high degree of diversity and ranges from 12,533 feet atop Costa
Rica's highest peak, Mt Chirripo, to sea level. It is presently
possible to travel from the Continental Divide at the highest
point in Costa Rica, through the La Amistad Biosphere Reserve to
the Caribbean coast, while passing through a succession of
natural areas comprising 9 life zones. In addition to protecting
the great terrestrial biological diversity, the corridor protects
a parallel "marine biological corridor", including Costa Rica's
only intact coral reef and Atlantic mangrove forest, and extends
into Panama's Bastimentos National Park. The upper portion of the
area is fairly securely protected in the Chirripo and La Amistad
National Parks, but at middle and lower elevations, the threat
that the corridor will be cut by "development" is imminent.
Therefore, conservation measures must be taken to protect the
most ecologically diverse area in Central America.
The Talamanca Biological Corridor project, a joint effort
between The Costa Rican Ministry of Natural Resources, the La
Amistad Biosphere Reserve, The Nature Conservancy and several
local NGO's, aims to maintain and enhance the existing corridor
through land purchase, easements, agreements with indigenous
communities, legal actions and sustainable development options.
Immediate action is needed on the following activities: 1)
precise definition of the limits of the proposed Talamanca
Wildlands Corridor; 2) identification and purchase of strategic
pieces of land under imminent threat; 3) initial design of an
overall land use and management plan; and 4) precise calculation
of the cost of establishing and maintaining the corridor. This
work will be undertaken by an inter-institutional and multi-
disciplinary commission appointed by the Vice Minister of Natural
Resources, Energy and Mines. The total amount needed to
accomplish protection of the forested transect is $14.6 million
over the next two years.
For further information on how to support conservation of
this area, contact Dr. William O. McLarney, ANAI, Inc., 1176
Bryson City Road, Franklin, NC 28734; Tel: (704) 524-8369; Randy
Curtis, The Nature Conservancy, Latin American Program, 1815 N.
Lynn Street, Arlington, VA 22209; Tel: (703) 841-5300 or Lic.
Mario Boza, Vice Ministro, Ministerio de Recursos Naturales,
Energia y Minas, Apdo 10104-1000 San Jose, Costa Rica; Tel: (506)
ECOTOUR MANU, PERU
Ecotour Manu, a non-profit NGO created on December 1, 1991,
was formed by seven local operators from the provinces of Manu
and Paucartambo in the Inka region of southeastern Peru. The main
goal of the association is to guarantee a well planned and
ecologically sustainable tourism activity in the Manu Biosphere
Reserve by developing strategies and executing specific
sustainable ecotourism projects in the reserve. For further
information on the association, write Boris Gomez Luna, Ecotour
Manu, Peru, Avenida Sol # 582, Cusco, Peru; Tel: 224383; Fax:
August 3-6. The Second Meeting of the International Society
for Ecological Economics is holding an interdisciplinary
conference, "Investing in Natural Capital: A Prerequisite for
Sustainability" in Stockholm, Sweden. The conference will focus
on three themes: perspectives on maintaining and investing in
natural capital; ecological economic methods and case-studies on
the significance of natural capital; and environmental management
and policy implications - adjusting economic, technical, socio-
political and cultural systems. For more information, contact:
ISEE Conference Secretariat, Dept. of Systems Ecology, Stockholm
University, S-106 91 Stockholm, Sweden; Tel: (8) 164254; Fax: (8)
September 10-11. The Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center will
host a two-day symposium, "Forest Remnants in the Tropical
Landscape: Benefits and Policy Implications" at the National
Zoological Park, for ecologists, conservationists, social
scientists, land use policy specialists and grass-roots rural
development organizers. The symposium will focus on the
ecological and social benefits of forest remnants in the tropical
landscape and steps that can be taken to promote their
conservation and wise management. The symposium will include
brief talks, response and discussion sessions, and a poster
session. For more information, contact Jaime K. Doyle,
Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, National Zoo, Washington, DC
20008; (202) 673-4908.
September 10-12. The University of Glasgow will host the
International Conference of Molluscan Conservation. Sessions will
address issues involving taxonomy, distributions, conservation
and legislation. For further information, contact: Fred Woodward,
International Conference on Molluscan Conservation, Kelvingrove
Museum, Kelvingrove, Glasgow G3 8AG, U.K.; Fax: (041) 357-4537.
November 10-14. The III International Congress of
Ethnobiology, organized by Universidad Nacional Autonoma de
Mexico and the International Society for Ethnobiology, will be
held in Mexico City. The forum will advance the discussion among
scientists, conservation and indigenous representatives on the
status and perspectives of the conservation of biological and
cultural diversity. The official language of the Congress will be
English. The Organizing Committee is calling for contributed
papers, with abstracts due before July 30. Registration (before
August 30) US$120 for regular participants; US$80 for students;
US$60 for indigenous representatives. For more information,
contact: Organizing Committee, III International Congress for
Ethnobiology, Apartado postal 21-585, Coyoacan 04000, D.F.,
Mexico; Fax: (52-5) 548-9785 or e-mail: CABANI.UNAMVM1 (BITNET).
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