Asociación de Desarrollo Integral de Ostional (ADIO)
P.O. Box 4-1260, Plaza Colonial, Escazú
Contact person: Simon Bolivar Sanchez
- Environmental project
- Social policy/disabled persons
- Educational policy/project
- Volunteers are welcome.
ADIO is a Costa Rican non-profit organization whose mission is to protect and restore the population of the Olive Ridley sea turtles and its marine environment. As a result of establishing ADIO in 1987, the growth and proper management of the turtle populations of this area and the socioeconomic status of the entire community has increased.
They also protect endangered sea turtles that nest on this beach, collect scientific data on their reproductive behavior and populations. With the goal of making rational use of 1% of the egg resource in exchange of protection, the community organized itself acquiring legal status in 1987 promoting the development of community services through an alternative economic scheme. The community, in exchange is then committed to conservation, protecting the turtles, cleaning the beach, controlling the growth of vegetation on it, help the baby turtles when they hatch and patrol the beach. This project is the direct result of the scientific observation and monitoring of the reproductive behavior of these turtles and gathering scientific data.
The results of the investigation are incorporated into a yearly plan that is then revised by the Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE) and the INCOPESCA (Fish and Game Conservation Department).
ADIO funds other projects from the income generated from the sales of 1% of the eggs:
• Help for the local school and high school
• Road maintenance
• Scholarships to low income students
• Aid to senior citizens of this community
• Aid to sustaining ADIO’s various sea turtle conservation projects and environmental education activities throughout the schools of this entire region.
You can be a volunteer in the Ostional Sea Turtle Refuge Project, become a part of the ADIO's team and work with other participants from all around the world besides the locals.
Simon Bolivar Sanchez is Bridge Coordinator of ADIO in San Jose, Costa Rica.
For other net participants we can offer an expert guidance through trained staff, give an expert opinion, procure expert information and establish new contacts in the field of our work.