Protected Areas Program

The Forever Costa Rica’s Protected Areas Program aims to achieve the consolidation of an ecologically representative system of protected areas, effectively managed, adapted to the effects of climate change, and with a sustainable source of financing.

This Program includes the Forever Costa Rica Program (PCRXS), developed in 2010 by the Government of Costa Rica, through the National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC), in partnership with external partners (Linden Trust for Conservation, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Walton Family Foundation and The Nature Conservancy).

The program is composed of the  Forever Costa Rica Trust (FCRXS), focused on conservation in marine protected areas, and the II Debt for Nature Swap between the United States and Costa Rica (IICD),  focused on conservation actions within terrestrial protected areas.

The PCRXS is a national strategy to meet Costa Rica’s conservation goals as declared by the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Convention’s Protected Areas Work Plan.

The Protected Areas Program supports 47 protected areas for the conservation of coastal, marine, and terrestrial biodiversity



Ecological representativeness of terrestrial and coastal-marine biodiversity

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Management Effectiveness

Adaptation to climate change

The lines of work in the programs’ five-year plan (2021-2025) to strengthen and improve management of Costa Rica’s protected areas are:

  • Control and protection

  • Research

  • Adaptation to climate change

  • Natural resource management

  • Ecological integrity monitoring


Achievements 2021


New projects
in 2021

$ 0


$ 0

Projects under implementation

$ 0

Protected Areas Program