Cooperation Triangle between Costa Rica, Morocco and Germany


In 2013, Costa Rica, Morocco and Germany started a triangular cooperation project to strengthen the sustainable management and use of forests, protected areas and river basins in the context of climate change.

This program has received political support from governments of the countries involved and all the institutions and members had been high compromised to implement the different activities.

The three countries involved made possible the implementation of this project and the active participation of national organizations, in the following way:

  • Germany supported the implementation of the project in both countries, with funding from the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) Fondo regional para la cooperación triangular en América Latina y el Caribe and management by colleagues of the German Agency for International Development (GIZ) based in Rabat and working on the BMZ-supported Silva Mediterranea-Collaborative Partnership on Mediterranean Forests (CPMF).
  • In Costa Rica, the Fundecooperación para el Desarrollo Sostenible (FUNDECOOPERACIÓN) was the focal point in alliance with the Ministry of Environment and Energy, supported by or in cooperation with relevant institutions and organizations such as the National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC), the National Forestry Financing Fund (FONAFIFO), the Costa Rica Tourism Board (ICT), Advisory Commission on Land Degradation (CADDETTI) and the Foundation for the Development of the Central Volcanic Range (FUNDECOR).
  • In Morocco, the High Commission on Water, Forests and Combating Desertification was the focal point, supported by or in cooperation with relevant institutions and organizations in the topic.

The project responds to the needs of each country through knowledge-sharing on topics in which the partner country has expertise:

  • In the case of Costa Rica,  has the challenge to learned of  the prevention and combat of forest fires and watershed management. 
  • In the case of the Kingdom of Morocco, they have learned of Costa Rica about environmental protection and the sustainable management and use of natural resources through payments for environmental services and ecotourism as a means of  exploiting the socioeconomic benefits of its national parks for the communities.

Experiences of this cooperation were shared with other Arab States and North African countries and cooperation partners.