LAST (Latin American Sea Turtle) Association former WIDECAST-Costa Rica, is member of WIDECAST as international scientific network with country coordinators resident in the more than 40 countries and territories of the Wider Caribbean Region, including Costa Rica where our office is centrally located in Tibas, just outside of the bustling capital city of San José. This ideal location enables our staff to maintain contact with community partners and international sponsors alike, in addition to servicing our many volunteer programs and pursuing innovative research, conservation, training, and livelihood initiatives in Costa Rica and beyond.
In LAST our main focus in recent years has been community-based sea turtle conservation programs on our Caribbean coast – including nesting beach studies at Playa Pacuare (south of Tortuguero National Park), Playa Gandoca (Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge) and Playa Cahuita (Cahuita National Park), as well as In-Water population monitoring in Cahuita National Park – as well as on our Pacific coast – including in water studies at Dulce Gulf, Osa Peninsula. Currently, we have open projects in Pacuare and Cahuita nesting beaches and Osa in water Project.
In addition, we maintain a Volunteer Program, a binational project with colleagues in Caribbean Panama comprehensive campaign related to the illegal trade of sea turtle products, and microenterprise development at selected sites, such as with our “Weaving for Nature” project that transforms discarded plastic grocery bags into fashionable handbags, coin purses, and other retail items linked mainly with San San Community in Panama.
During the last week, our project in Pacuare received 104 school children, which participated in different activities around sea turtles and their conservation.
In two field trips, the [...][+] read more
One of 85 conservation heroes awarded by Disney – Jairo Mora Sandoval [+] read more
Conservation hero Award for Jairo/Premio “Heroe de conservacion” para Jairo Read here about Disney`s award / Lea aqui sobre el premio de [...][+] read more
Beach cleaning – and then? “Manos a la obra” – a communal recycle work project of the costarican institution for social support (IMAS) [gallery order="DESC" columns="2"] The project “Hands to work” you’ll find [...][+] read more