What we do
The protection of Playa Guiones, Playa Pelada and Playa Nosara have been and still are a priority for the Nosara Civic Association. NCA played an instrumental role in the expansion of the Ostional Wildlife Refuge to include Guiones and Pelada as part of the protected beaches.
Thanks to that, we can still enjoy a pristine beach without development in the 200 meters from the high tide line.
Today, our efforts are focused on supporting the management of the Refuge, looking for opportunities to increase awareness on the importance of protecting the beach and supporting research on the importance of these beaches as a nesting area for Olive ridley turtles, Green Turtles and Leatherback Turtles. We are happy supporters and active participants of the following organizations that work on our beaches:
- Costas Verdes: With their reforestation project Barriguiones, Costas Verdes has been planting trees since 2012 to re-establish our coastal forest. In the near future, we will have a beach full of native trees with great shade and home to local wildlife. We support Costas Verdes with monthly cash donations to cover most of their operational expenses.
- TORTUguiones: This organization has just been established to do scientific studies of turtles nesting on Playas Pelada and Guiones. This type of scientific evidence will help us protect our beaches as the important turtle nesting areas they are. For more information go to tortuguiones.weebly.com
- CIMACO: An acronym for Interinstitutional Council for Advice on the Ostional Wildlife Refuge (in Spanish: Consejo Interinstitucional Asesor del Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre Ostiona), CIMACO is the local organization for all the stakeholders in the Refuge. NCA’s seat in CIMACO is important because it lets us have a voice and a vote on the way our precious refuge is managed. Things like a management plan for the refuge, regulations on tourism on the beach, fishing inside the protected zone and coordination of the turtle egg extraction program are coordinated and supervised by CIMACO.
NCA also supports and assists other local nonprofits of Nosara in order to coordinate our efforts to achieve similar goals. Through our membership fees we are able to give on- going support to:
- Recycling association
- Nosara Leadership Forum
- Nosara Animal Care
- Security Association
- ASADA of Playas de Nosara
- Nosara Food Bank
- Nosara Volunteer FireFighters
The Nosara Bench Project is an NCA-sponsored fundraiser to increase support for community projects.
We have a goal of raising $10,000 through the sale of the Nosara Bench, available in either single or double width. You can buy one for your own use or designate it for use in a public space such as the Senderos Naturales de Nosara (our Nature Trails project!) . For more information contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The project reproduces a bench created by Aldo Leopold, known as the father of the modern environmental movement. Made from local sustainable trees, the bench is milled, assembled, and finished by local workers and volunteers.
Every day a significant number of commuters risk their lives sharing the main road, route 160, with cars and motorcycles, breathing dust the whole way.
We want to promote more closeness with the nature that surrounds us through the use of our trails systems. These trails will make sports and recreational activities such as hiking, nature watching, mountain biking and trail running more accessible.
We also want to integrate the work the Government did at Río Nosara with the construction of the dike. The trail can turn the negative into a positive by beautifying the dike’s surroundings.
The whole system will have adequate signage, maps, trail markers, rules and restrictions for the users, benches to sit on, exercise stations, a management and maintenance program, and activity planning, among others. We encourage everyone to use these trails!
Launched by the NCA in January 2015, Model Nosara is a strategy to enlist public-private partnerships in solving long-term, endemic problems. Its objectives are to improve infrastructure and programs that benefit the District of Nosara and serve as a model for other coastal communities.
The Costa Rican government has endorsed this concept and in February 2015 sent representatives of the key agencies to a meeting to convene a Task Force. As a result, four working groups are now tackling the problems of water, waste management, access to health care, and transportation. In his visit to Nosara in July 2015, President Solis reiterated his support for Model Nosara and stressed that we all speak with one voice. That voice is the Nosara Civic Association.
Model Nosara will work on proposals to apply for international grants, that will be executed in collaboration with the national and local government.