Published Monday, June 22, 2020

Neighbors organized to
protect national parks

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Neighbors from the Osa community have organized to protect the area of the Corcovado National Park and the Golfo Dulce Forest Reserve, of crimes against nature, announced the Ministry of Environment.

According to the ministry, officials from the Environmental Prosecutor's Office and the Judicial Investigation Organization are training neighbors to form a support team to protect the biodiversity of the area.

Under the name Surveillance Net, 52 community leaders recently concluded a training given by public institutions, while another 10 leaders are in the process of receiving the training.

"The neighbor teams will be in charge of alerting the police in real-time to crimes against the environment," said the ministry.

According to Miguel Madrigal, head of the Environmental Operation Group, the neighbors joined forces after knowing about an operation called "Jemengo Töe" held in the Osa Peninsula.

Jemengo Toe means "Mountain Spider" in the language of the Gnöbe Territory.

"Environmental crimes have increased, causing an uptick in the extraction of illegal gold, deforestation, use of protected wood and hunting practices in different places in the Corcovado National Park and the Golfo Dulce Forest Reserve,” Madrigal said. "Because of this situation, the authorities decided to develop joint actions to reduce the damage in this part of the country."

In one of the recent operations of the surveillance neighbors, illegal hunters were denounced, they had entered a wild protected area and killed an entire family of Saínos. These are mammals of the Tayassuidae family, known as wild pig or peccary.

According to Madrigal, the hunters had cut the meat off the animals to deliver for human consumption.

Another surveillance neighbor organization denounced an illegal hunter. He killed 9 wild pigs in the La Leona area within the Corcovado National Park.

People interested in making surveillance neighbor organizations for the protection of natural parks and wilderness can call at the Ministry line 506 2233 4533

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