The NCA maintains 12km of trails – connecting different points in Nosara – with the intention that locals and visitors have better mobility options. We want to create more routes that promote walks and the use of bicycles within the community, with the intention that both tourists and residents of Nosara, reduce the carbon footprint.
The NCA owns and protects 240 hectares for conservation. Some of the properties are forest and others have community infrastructure. Thanks to this program, we managed to conserve the biodiversity that makes Nosara a unique coastal community, with patches of forest that connect with the Ostional National Wildlife Refuge.
With the intention of being a community that preserves its natural wealth as part of its well-being, in 2020 we promoted research that will help us gain a better understanding of our biodiversity and thus help the community to make better decisions. These efforts are undertaken in partnership with national and international universities.
What better way to achieve changes in a community than with active, committed and participatory citizens. That is why the NCA promotes spaces for citizen participation in which it is possible to jointly seek solutions to face the challenges of our community.
At NCA we want to be a community that supports institutions in the creation and implementation of planning strategies that incorporate nature-based solutions. Therefore, we support the Municipality and public institutions in advising on environmental issues, we offer legal support and we are the bridge between the community and the Local Government.
Work Plan 2021
• Mobility for pedestrians and bicycles
More and more residents of the Nosara community are commuting to work by bicycle or on foot. The NCA will work on the design and cost for a walking/ bicycle route from Guiones, to Pelada, to Nosara downtown. By connecting the Association’s trails with the Nosara River dike, we will create a shaded and safer alternative for green mobility.
• EV- Electric Vehicles
In order to position Nosara as a regenerative tourist destination, the NCA intends to identify the different actors of the hotel and commercial sector along with government entities, to create an electric route in the community. This will allow electric cars to have charging stations in Nosara and promote the use of electrical vehicles.
During this year we hope to initialize the project with the key stakeholders, achieve the commitments and have at least 10 charging stations in the district.
• Calle Modelo
Can you imagine Nosara with safe sidewalks for people to walk and proper drainage for rain water? The NCA in conjunction with the Municipality of Nicoya, want to design specific streets that are a model of coastal urbanism. This includes sidewalks, pedestrian crossings and all the accessibility requirements. For 2021 our goal is to start with an example in Pelada and an example in Guiones and grow from there.
• Technical Closure and Community Park
The closure of the Nosara landfill was the first essential step to prevent groundwater contamination. During this year we plan to move forward as fast as possible with the designs, fundraising, and technical work.
The volunteer technical closure and park committee meets monthly with architects and our consultant to realized this dream.
If you are interested in being on the committee or helping with fundraiser, please reach out.
• Wildlife Camera Monitoring
During 2020, in collaboration with the Wildlife Conservation Association, we started a project to monitor the transit of fauna species in the NCA parklands.
This year we will begin the analysis of the data collected by the cameras and by community members with the INaturalist application in different parts of Nosara. Once the data has been analyzed, we will share the results with the community and public institutions.
Keep an eye on the NCA FB, Instagram and newsletters for more information.
• Leadership Forum
We want to reactivate the Leadership Forum project. This was an initiative that the NCA carried out in 2015 where community leaders where brought together to connect, promote synergies and work together. Initiatives like paving of road 160 and the creation of the Water League for the ASADAS of Nicoya, Hojancha and Nandayure were first discussed in this forum. For 2021 we want to host 3 working sessions with the community leaders.
For this year, we will focus on cultural identity and sport. If we are able (Covid-19), we would like to carry out three activities for the Nosara community.
Aventura Nosara: a race through the trails and forests of the NCA.
Gastronomic Fair: for the celebration of July 25th that will be part of the activities within the framework of the Annexation of the Nicoya Peninsula.
Anniversary of the Creation of the Ostional Wildlife Refuge: Created in November 1983 we would like to create a yearly community event honoring this wonderful neighbor.
• Innovation Lab
At NCA we want to create solutions hand in hand with the community. This year we will bring together young residents of Nosara to identify areas of improvement for the community and emerging community leaders. By using different innovation methodologies and design thinking, this group will work towards creating a plan to solve these issues. These meetings will be led by the NCA staff and by Ana Gabriel Zúñiga, who was Vice Minister of Political Affairs (2014- 2018) and currently works as a consultant.
• Multi-Stakeholder Platform for sustainable tourism
Co-created by the NCA in 2018, the Multi-stakeholder platform connects the administration of the Ostional Wildlife Refuge (OWR) with the Tourism Sector of Guiones and Pelada on a monthly basis.
This group works towards creating strategies that balance the goals of the refuge with all stakeholders perspectives.
During 2021 the platform will focus on creative ways to provide financing to the administration to implement their management plan. This includes: ranchos, signage, information for tourists, and demarking best zones for swimming.
This also includes increased staffing to enforce OWR rules and protect turtle nests.
If you rent your home and have a property manager please make sure that they are participating in this important forum. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you need help.
• Regulatory Plan
With the NCA support, the Regulatory Plan commission will advance in the hiring of the National University to complete the Environmental Fragility index for the entire canton of Nicoya. This required study will give the Municipality a better understanding of the environmental conditions of Nicoya which are a prerequisite to creating Nicoya’s regulatory plan.
The NCA has been essential in assisting and funding the required Hydrogeological Study: phase 1 is complete and this year we are working on the approval of phase 2.
The NCA feels strongly about completing a regulatory plan as soon as possible.
• OWR ManagementPlan
The NCA has been working with CIMACO for four years to assist in completing the wildlife refuge management plan. This year, our role will be focused on supporting the role out of the management plan and communicating important aspects of it to the community.
CIMACO is the official council that supports the management of the Ostional Wildlife Refuge. It includes government institutions, universities, and community organizations.
The NCA continues to be an active member of CIMACO with 2021 participation in two work commissions:
Technical Plan Commission for the creation and implementation of the management plan.
Legal Commission where a defense strategy for Law N ° 9348 is undergoing. The 2016 law regarding concessions within the OWR is being challenged in the constitutional court.
• Health Access
Hand in hand with the Municipality, this year we want to focus efforts on the activation of an evening service for the Ebais of Nosara, the public health care system so that this health center can expand its attention and coverage.