World Wetlands Day: Tamarindo, Costa Rica

CELEBRATION OF WORLD WETLANDS DAY

FEBRUARY 2, 2000

SAN FRANCISCO ESTUARY

PARQUE NACIONAL MARINO LAS BAULAS DE GUANACASTE

TAMARINDO, COSTA RICA

Attached please find a copy of the poster for the World Wetlands Day celebrated in Tamarindo. 27 students from the Escuela Bilingüe Tamarindo, as well as 9 high school students joined Rotney Piedra, the Director of the National Park, Las Baulas de Guanacaste in a reforestation project that will continue throughout the year.

Rotney spoke about the significance of the estuaries that are included in the National Park and are Ramsar sites. The park is now considered the most important nesting site for the Leatherback Turtles in the Americas, and the leatherback finds its home beach by the smell from the estuary’s effluvia. The estuary is an important fishery, as well as wetland habitat for over 174 species of birds and terrestrial animals.

The high school students will be painting the symbol for the World Wetlands Day on the station at the entrance to the park. The grammar school children will create a wetlands tile mural for the children’s park. All of the students will care for one tree until May, when the rainy season begins, and the trees can be planted along the beach.

Attached please find information on the Asociación Pro Mejoras de Playa Tamarindo. The Blue Flag Committee of the Asociación will host a music festival from February 23 – 27 to raise funds for the feasibility study for an integrated sewage treatment system, the first to be built on the coast of Costa Rica. This is a pilot project that will serve as a model for other beach communities in Central America. We believe that this is the best way we can preserve the health of our estuaries and ocean.

We will contact you with news about other community projects that relate to the Ramsar site in Tamarindo.

Regards, Christina Spilsbury, OLIVOS@sol.racsa.co.cr


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El Día Mundial de los Humedales coincide con la fecha en que la Convención sobre los Humedales se firmó en 1971 a orillas del Mar Caspio en la ciudad iraní de Ramsar. Es un día para elevar la conciencia del público respecto de los valores y beneficios de los humedales. El tema sugerido para el Día Mundial de los Humedales es "CELEBRACIÓN DE NUESTROS HUMEDALES DE IMPORTANCIA INTERNACIONAL". El Parque Nacional Marino Las Baulas de Guanacaste es un sitio Ramsar. La comunidad de Tamarindo celebrará el Día Mundial de los Humedales el 2 de febrero a la orilla del estero San Francisco, frente del Hotel Barcelo a las 10:30AM. Por favor, traer bocas y refrescos y unir en la celebración. El Parque Nacional acaba de recibir una donación de 200 arboles para reforestar la zona público, y los niños de la Escuela Tamarindo compartirán en una ceremonia para inaugurar la reforestación. Estamos buscando voluntarios que quieran adoptar algunos arboles para cuidarlos hasta la temporada de lluvia cuando podríamos sembrarlos

World Wetlands Day marks the date of the signing of the Convention on Wetlands on February 2, 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar, on the shores of the Caspian Sea. It is a day to raise public awareness of wetland values and benefits. The suggested theme for World Wetlands Day 2000 is "Celebrating Our Wetlands of International Importance". The National Marine Park Las Baulas de Guanacaste is a Ramsar site, and the community of Tamarindo is celebrating World Wetlands Day at the San Francisco Estuary, in front of Hotel Barcelo at 10:30 AM. Please bring bocas and drinks and join the celebration. The National Park recently received a donation of 200 trees to help reforest the 50-meter zone, and the children from the Escuela Tamarindo will take part in a ceremony to inaugurate the reforestation. We are looking for volunteers to adopt some trees, caring for them until the rainy season when they can be planted.

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