We manage funds to support innovative projects with a commitment to sustainable development.
We are the bridge connecting international cooperants, local institutions, communities and MSMEs. Our track record has earned us the backing of different international organizations that believe in our work of supporting and assisting with innovative and sustainable solutions in every nook and cranny of our country.
We seek sustainable solutions and innovative projects that can help us achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These are some of the programs we manage:
ADAPTA2 is a program funded by the United Nations Adaptation Fund to support adaptation programs in developing countries that are vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change.
The goal of the initiative is to reduce the vulnerability of communities to the impact of climate change and enhance resilience in the following sectors that have been classified as critical: agriculture, water resources and coastal areas, and capacity-building.
Adapta2+ has supported more than 40 national initiatives expecting to impact 483 farming families and benefitting more than 50 water operators that provide water to more than 50,000 people in different communities around the country, so that they can adapt to climate change.
This program is executed by Fundecooperación, as the implementing entity, with the support of the Office of Climate Change in the Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG).
Tourism – Local Development Engine (Tu-MoDeLo) is a project that identifies market opportunities in tourism for sustainable, climate change-adapted agricultural value chains, while at the same time improving the standard of living of agricultural communities.
The project is being developed in the northern and northern Pacific (Guanacaste) areas, defined as priorities in this first phase from January 2019 to January 2020. The initial implementation period is three years, with the possibility of evaluating the impact in year three and exploring its continuation for two more years.
Tu-MoDeLo is the result of a public-private partnership between Fundecooperación, the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG), local tourism associations and a dozen other institutions and private sector partners, all working together to ensure market opportunities for local producer groups that connect the supply of sustainable agricultural products with the growth of tourism in Costa Rica.
This is an effort to improve the lives of communities vulnerable to climate change by identifying market opportunities in tourism for adapted and sustainable agriculture and fishery products.
The baseline will be measured during the first six months to define specific objectives and monitor progress in terms of sales of sustainable agricultural products, number of producers and families benefitted, increased sustainable procurement commitments by participating tourism enterprises, participation of young people and women, and implementation of climate change adaptation actions.
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Microfinancing for ecosystem-based adaptation, known as MEbA, offers solutions that enable microfinance institutions (MFIs) and their customers to build capacities to manage climate risks and implement ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) alternatives.
The project’s goal is to benefit more than 23 micro-financers worldwide, with Fundecooperación coordination, UN Environment implementation, and financing from the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU).
Because of its sustainability approach, Fundecooperación has been selected to be a part of this initiative, the idea being to build the adaptive capacity of rural communities and especially agricultural producers while it develops its credit program with innovative financial services and products for dealing with climate change.
MEbA implementation strengthens Fundecooperación’s Customized Credit Program by adding new, innovative financial products that improve the way climate change is addressed.
Through the direction and management of these international climate action programs and capacity-building with the sharing of success stories, lessons learned and knowledge manuals, Fundecooperación helps Costa Rican producers and their families learn how to carry out adaptation and mitigation actions and identify the necessary and effective tools.
Program for South-South Cooperation (PSC) between Benin (Africa), Bhutan (Asia) and Costa Rica (Central America)
Carried out between 2007 and 2012 with a budget of $13 million, the program was implemented by Fundecooperación, as Secretariat, and funded by the Netherlands. It consisted of a successful model of cooperation between Costa Rica in Central America, Benin in West Africa, and Bhutan in South Asia that led to 43 multilateral projects for developing innovative solutions to common challenges of the four interconnected pillars of sustainable development: economic development, social development, environmental protection, and gender equality.
Triangular Cooperation between Costa Rica, Morocco and Germany
In 2013, Costa Rica, Morocco and Germany launched a cooperation project to strengthen management and sustainable use of forests, protected areas and watersheds in the context of climate change, creating joint actions through knowledge-sharing among the three countries.
This project is considered an example, nationally and internationally, for its concrete results, confirming the positive impact of south-south and triangular cooperation.
Integrated Water Resource Management Project
The goal of this project was to promote integrated management and conservation of water resources in the Térraba-Sierpe National Wetland and Grecia areas through experience-sharing, social participation, and the strengthening of ASADAs (local water management associations) and other local organizations.
Developed with CRUSA funding, the project was implemented by Fundecooperación in collaboration with the University of Costa Rica.
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