Costa Rica and Ecuador Sign Agreement to Strengthen Conservation Efforts in Isla del Coco and Galapagos

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Costa Rica and Ecuador signed an agreement of cooperation for the conservation of the marine species and birds that will allow the strengthening of the conservation actions, control and protection of the ecosystems in the national parks Coco Island and Galapagos Island respectively.

“The agreement Frame of Cooperation between the Direction of the National Park Galapagos in Ecuador and the National System of Areas of Conservation of Costa Rica as the entity in charge of the National Park Isla del Coco, will allow the establishment of joint efforts to establish channels and links of mutual association to design, develop and execute actions and projects in several topics, as well as strengthening the administration of their respective protected areas”, commented Mario Coto, Executive Director of the National System of Areas of Conservation (SINAC).

According to the document, the authorities of each country will work in aspects such as the investigation to generate knowledge on the marine biodiversity in the Marine Protected Areas; constant coastal monitoring, management of exotic species, planning and evaluation of Wildlife Protected Areas, climate change, restoration of ecosystems, sustainable tourism, among others.

A recent expedition carried out by scientists between Galapagos and Coco Islands, allowed the installation of several Baited Remote Underwater Video Systems (BRUVS) with the purpose of obtaining information, quantifying the distribution, abundance and diversity of the species. Scientists also analyzed the effects of factors such as temperature, depth and distance of the submarine seamounts over the distribution and abundance of the marine species found. Findings will be published in the next weeks in relevant scientific magazines. One of the findings included the fact that several species of sharks and sea turtles use the Coco’s range as a migratory route between both protected areas.

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