Guanacaste Dry Forest Conservation Fund
Tropical Dry Forest Conservation
The Guanacaste Tropical Dry Forest Conservation Fund (GDFCF) is a private nonprofit organization that supports conservation, scientific research and education in the public Guanacaste Conservation Area (ACG). The ACG is world renowned as one of the most successful efforts to restore and conserve an endangered ecosystem, in this case the tropical dry forest of the Central American Pacific coast. Work to conserve and protect this environment and the life within it is supported by outreach and education programs in surrounding communities, including a parataxonomist program that trains local residents to find, collect and classify the ACG’s biodiversity, and a Biological Education Program that brings schoolchildren from the region into the ACG to learn firsthand about the importance of the tropical dry forest and the life within it.
The GCF and the CRUSA Donor Advised Fund helped the GDFCF buy a new bus for the Biological Education Program in 2016.
- GDFCF works in ACG, which is home to 2.4% of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity
- ACG is a 408,000 acre national park with 375,000 species
- GDFCF has 4 programs: biological inventory of species, community-based education programs, land management and support for unmet ACF operational needs
Eric Palola, Director