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I Debt for Nature Swap

The main objective of the I U.S.-CR Debt-for-Nature Swap is to facilitate the conservation, protection, restoration and sustainable use of Costa Rica’s tropical forests outside protected areas.

The ICD was established in 2007 between the governments of the United States and Costa Rica, with the support of The Nature Conservancy and Conservation International.

Forever Costa Rica has been the administrator of the I Debt for Nature Swap since 2017.

Prioritized areas

The U.S.-CR Debt-for-Nature Swap is working in six priority geographic areas:

  • Rincón de la Vieja
  • Maquenque
  • Tortuguero


  • La Amistad
  • Osa
  • Nicoya

We invite you to learn more on the I Debt for Nature Swap website.

Achievements 2022


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Featured Projects:

1. Strengthening the local committee of the Amistosa Biological Corridor
The National Parks Foundation equipped and trained the local committee of the Amistosa Biological Corridor to more efficiently implement the 2018-2027 management plan for a territory that stretches from the coast and forests of Golfito to the highlands of San Vito. After conducting a forest fragmentation analysis, 82,400 trees of 148 native species were planted in 5 critical areas for restoration and connectivity. The initiative also carried out fauna sampling, which revealed the presence of 15 mammal species, 417 bird species, and 124 species of ecologically and ethnobotanically important flora. The project had an investment of ₡50 million.
2.Improvement of ecological connectivity between Diriá National Park and Las Baulas Marine National Park
FUNDEPREDI Foundation carried out this project that improved ecological connectivity between Las Baulas Marine National Park and Diriá National Park, in Santa Cruz, Guanacaste. The project monitored dispersing and pollinating fauna, fostered community capabilities and the recovery of native flora. The initiative reforested the riverbanks of 4 cattle ranches with 64 native species, favoring ecological connectivity. As part of the project, 17 wildlife crossings were installed, used mainly by monkeys, thereby reducing mortality from electrocution.

Funding for this project was ₡82 million.
3. ASOMOBI's Productive Capabilities in Times of Pandemic
This project carried out by the Association of Organized Women of Biolley (ASOMOBI) strengthened them to face the new reality caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Sixteen women beneficiaries received materials, equipment and supplies to strengthen their productive units (greenhouses, poultry farms, flour production, among others). ASOMOBI has a micro coffee processing plant managed by the women and also offers various services for visitors, such as lodging and guided tours of local attractions. The association also received training from the Ministry of Agriculture (MAG) in primary production, food processing, and marketing. The initiative was supported by ₡25 million in funding from the ICD and created a "virtual marketplace" to sell their products and services. In addition, two collection centers for recyclable waste were built for the benefit of the community.
4. Strengthening of a cultural and natural center in the KéköLdi indigenous territory
This project carried out by the Ecotourism and Conservation Association of Talamanca (ATEC) contributed to the integral regeneration of the forest of the prioritized geographic area of La Amistad by strengthening the cultural and natural center in the KéköLdi Indigenous Territory. In addition to protecting the forest, a culturally and environmentally important iguana hatchery was restored, and a native plant nursery was built for ancestral uses, with rainwater harvesting and a seed bank to promote genetic preservation and the use of plants of cultural interest, whose availability and use has been reduced.

Eight informative signs and three audiovisual productions on Bribri knowledge were also produced to consolidate cultural transfer processes. The project received ₡15 million in funding from the ICD.

I Debt for Nature Swap U.S.-C.R.

Blue and Green Economy

The I Debt for Nature Swap U.S.-C.R. is part of our Blue and Green Economy Program. Learn more at: