Pax Natura Foundation
The Pax Natura Foundation is a non-profit, charitable and educational foundation dedicated to establishing Peace with Nature worldwide, demonstrating humanity’s place in the environment and the deep interconnectedness of all life, and preserving the tremendous biodiversity of the rainforest.
The Pax Natura Foundation was established to promote Peace with Nature. From every corner of the globe this universal declaration is taking form across political, religious, and social boundaries. As a result, a growing number of concerned citizens are beginning to celebrate the inherent right of all living species on this planet to live in harmony with the natural world and seek to redress and help restore the beauty and abundance of nature. This declaration also acknowledges the organizing power and intelligence residing within natural systems and that human beings are beginning to re-discover the importance and joy of life in balance with the laws of nature. To date the Pax Natura Foundation has been working to protect thousands of acres of beautiful primary forest in central Costa Rica, and is working to secure additional links in the critical Meso-American Biodiversity Corridor. The Foundation has formed strategic partnerships with the University of Utah College of Humanities, the Costa Rican National Institute for Biodiversity, “INBio,” The Jane Goodall Institute, to protect the forest indefinitely and to provide ongoing education and research programs in the rain forest and in schools in Costa Rica, North America and elsewhere. Pax Natura Foundation has attracted an extraordinary group of international supporters including five Nobel Prize laureates. The current president of Costa Rica, Dr. Oscar Arias, has been co-chair of the Foundation for the last five years together with Dame Jane Goodall, the renowned primatologist and educator. Eminent scientists Dr. E. O. Wilson, Dr. Rodrigo Games, and Dr. Dinah Davidson have lent their imprimatur to our efforts. Ordinary citizens of Central and North America have combined with Nobel Peace Prize recipients Betty Williams from Northern Ireland, Aung San Suu Kyi from Myanmar, East Timor’s Dr. José Ramos-Horta, and South Africa’s Right Reverend Desmond Tutu to declare solidarity with Nature.
FUNDECOR is a non-governmental organization founded in 1989 to protect and develop the forests in Costa Rica’s Central Volcanic Mountain Range. The forest cover of this territory is one of the largest in the country and encompasses many of the National parks of Costa Rica. FUNDECOR’s mission is to protect the natural resources of the Costa Rican central mountains. Its strategies are based on the market as well as scientific knowledge and state of the art technologies all related to the country’s public policies in the conservation field.
The Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad (INBio), is a non-governmental organization first commissioned by the Costa Rican government to establish the biodiversity inventory for Costa Rica. As part of its’ mission, INBio generates knowledge of biodiversity though inventory information management, social outreach and conservations programs. INBio is unique in its targets efforts to communicate and promote utilization of the knowledge it generates while seeking to contribute to the development of Costa Rican society from a spiritual, social and economic perspective, in harmony with nature.
The Fondo Nacioal de Financiamiento Forestal (FONAFINO_ was created in Article 46 of Forestry Law No. 7575, published on April 16, 1996. It is classified as a decentralized organization within the organizational structure of the State’s Forestry Administration under the Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE. FONAFIFO’s main objective is to finance the management of existing forests, reforestation processes, forestation, forestry nurseries, agroforesty systems, recovery of denuded areas and technological changes for the use and industrialization of forestry resources, for the benefit of small and medium land owners.