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Manuel Antonio Community Joins Forces for Sustainable Tourism

November 10, 2008 – Manuel Antonio

Employees from 12 different tourism businesses in the Quepos-Manuel Antonio community attended a full-day Seminar last week on “Improving Your Performance in Sustainable Tourism.”

Sponsored jointly by the Rainforest Alliance and Titi Conservation Alliance (formerly ASCOMOTI), the Seminar focused on the basics of understanding business’s roles in sustainable tourism, and what efforts need to be in place to make those efforts a reality.

“It can often seem so daunting and time-consuming to begin and continue environmental certification for businesses,” comments Ingrid Kuegeman, Titi Conservation Alliance Director. “It is our goal to help tourism businesses obtain, and maintain, best practices in sustainable tourism by providing them with step-by-step tools to make the process as easy as possible.”

Last week’s Seminar with Rainforest Alliance was just the beginning of many more programs to come for the Quepos-Manuel Antonio community’s efforts for sustainable tourism and development.

Participating businesses at the Seminar, held at Hotel Parador:
Hotel Si Como No; Hotel Parador; Café Milagro; Arenas del Mar; Hotel California; Hotel GAIA; COSI; Iguana Tours; the falls resort; Costa Verde; Espadilla Hotel; Rancho Los Tucanes
Sponsored by: Rainforest Alliance and Titi Conservation Alliance

The Titi Conservation Alliance was started by a group of business owners within the tourist industry of Quepos-Manuel Antonio. Recognizing the need for conservation of their natural environment to maintain prosperity for their businesses, this group of entrepreneurs began the Alliance with the mission to promote sustainable development and to conserve the biodiversity of Costa Rica’s Central Pacific Region.

For more information about the Titi Conservation Alliance, please contact Ingrid Kuegeman, Director, at 2777 2306; ingridek@gmail.com or monotiti.ingrid@gmail.com.

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New Horizons in Efforts to Save the Squirrel Monkey

November 3, 2008 – Manuel Antonio

There is good news on the horizon for the critically endangered squirrel monkeys (mono titis,) and for the Quepos/Manuel Antonio community.

In a continued effort of conservation and sustainability, the seasoned Association for the Conservation of the Mono Titi (ASCOMOTI) recognizes the changing needs of its community and has vowed to turn over a new leaf of opportunity.

The first step? A new name – Titi Conservation Alliance.

The new name speaks directly to the core of what the seven-year-old non-profit represents, while still working towards the same goal that originally brought about the formation of ASCOMOTI – To promote sustainable development and to conserve the biodiversity of Costa Rica’s Central Pacific Region.

“The Titi Conservation Alliance has recently received heightened interest in membership, and has many new projects in the pipeline,” reports Alliance President, Adrienne Pellizzari. “With such an opportunity for growth, we want to make it known that we will be working as a true ‘Alliance’, bringing together community members in the spirit of sustaining our unique natural environment for the prosperity of both the environment itself, as well as for our economy.”

Included on the list of new projects referenced by Ms. Pellizzari was a recent Corporate Reforestation Project with Member businesses in which 650 native trees were planted within the Manuel Antonio-Rio Naranjo Bio-Corridor. To date, Titi Conservation Alliance has planted over 30,000 native species of trees in this corridor, helping to connect isolated troops of mono titis and enhance their chance of survival through mixed breeding.

Also included on the list of new projects is an upcoming workshop seminar, offered in partnership with the Rainforest Alliance, titled “Improving Your Performance in Sustainable Tourism”. It will focus on topics geared towards good management practices to improve sustainability, helping businesses maintain prime competitiveness and marketability through those sustainable practices.

It is a one-day workshop to be held at Hotel Parador in Manuel Antonio on Wednesday, November 5, 2008, from 8am-6pm. Contact the Titi Conservation Alliance at info@monotiti.org or 2777 2306 for more information, and to reserve a spot before they’re filled.

With a long-range plan for growth and improvement in place, Titi Conservation Alliance calls on all Costa Rican residents and visitors alike to keep an eye out for continued conservation, education, and reforestation efforts in Quepos-Manuel Antonio.

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