The Republic of Costa Rica
A laboratory in Costa Rica takes part in the ‘Caribbean Coastal Marine Productivity (CARICOMP) field project (renamed ‘Sustaining Coastal Biodiversity Benefits and Ecosystem Services’). It monitors coral reef, mangrove and seagrass sites at Cahuita and Laguna Gandoca. The collected output of such monitoring, throughout the region, was published as CSI Papers 3 ‘CARICOMP. Caribbean Coral Reef, Seagrass and Mangrove Sites’. In addition to continued support for systematic biological monitoring, a particular effort is being made at a selected number of sites to analyse the socio-economic and cultural dynamics of natural resource use. A national site director attended site directors meetings (Cancún, Mexico, November 1996 and Blackrock, Trinidad and Tobago, May 1998) for information exchange with, and technical advise from, the CARICOMP Steering Committee. A student from Costa Rica attended courses in coastal sciences at the UNESCO Chair, University of Concepción, Chile, autumn 1996 - spring 1997. A specialist from Costa Rica took part in the regional workshop on the ‘Relationship between Health and Climatological Variability’ (Panama, June 1997). A site directors meeting for the CARICOMP project was held in Costa Rica in May/June 2000. A summary of the CARICOMP project, its goals, achievements and future direction was produced in March 2001.