INBioparque-Learning While Recreating
Volume 1 Number 18 - July 1999
The mission of the National Biodiversity Institute is to promote knowledge and awareness of biodiversity for conservation and to improve the quality of life. In order to develop 'bioliteracy' within society; tools and infrastructure are needed to deliver messages to as many people as possible in an enjoyable and interactive manner. Due to this need INBio park is in the process of being created.
INBio park will be an educational and recreational space that will promote and inform people about the national parks, biodiversity and ecosystems of Costa Rica as well as the work of the National Biodiversity Institute. The park will have interpretative trails and displays of living collections of different species. Only fifteen minutes away from the capital city of Costa Rica, visitors will be able to learn about and enjoy nature.
The National Biodiversity Institute (INBio) is a scientific institution with a social orientation. It is non-profit organisation and is for the public good. The mission of INBio is to promote a new awareness of the value of biodiversity, and thereby achieve its conservation and use to improve the quality of life.
INBio generates knowledge about biodiversity. It communicates and promotes this information in ways that are designed to be responsive to a broad spectrum of national and international users. One of INBio´s main objectives is to support bioliteracy, which it defines as: 'a learning process through time that leads the individual to value biodiversity, adopt an ethic of respect for life and assume responsibility for the management and conservation of all living beings and ecosystems. To promote changes of behaviour that favour a harmonious relationship with nature to achieve human sustainable development.' To fulfil this mission, adequate tools and infrastructure are needed to disseminate the information to as many people as possible and in an enjoyable and interactive manner. This is the reason for the creation of INBioparque situated in the colonial town of Santo Domingo de Heredia, 10-15 minutes by car away from San José. The land was formally a coffee plantation that had been abandoned for many years.
INBioparque´s main objectives will be:
The main users of INBioparque will be:
Many species are capable of adapting to various climatic conditions, therefore it is possible to create different live collections. It will not be possible however, to recreate specific ecosystems precisely as some microclimates are difficult to imitate due to poor soil conditions, topography, humidity and rainfall.
L’Institut National de la Biodviersité a pour mission d’encourager la connaissance et la sensibilisation du public sur la conservation de la biodiversité et d’améliorer la qualité de la vie. Afin de développer la ‘bio-instruction’ dans certains secteurs socioculturels de la société, d’y transmettre ses messages au plus grand nombre de personnes possible, des outils et des infrastructures sont nécessaires. Pour répondre à ce besoin se crée le parc INBio.
El Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad tiene la misión de divulgar el conocimiento sobre biodiversidad y a la vez promover una nueva conciencia sobre el valor de la misma, para lograr su conservación y mejorar la calidad de vida del ser humano. Para cumplir con la misión de apoyar la bioalfabetización de algunos sectores de la sociedad se necesitan herramientas acordes con la necesidad de llevar el mensaje a la mayor cantidad posible de personas, para esto se creará el INBioparque.
About the Author
Natalia Zamora is the Coordinadora Gestión Social of the Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad (INBio), AA 22-3100, Santo Domingo, Heridia, Costa Rica. Tel: (506) 244 0690. Fax: (506) 244 2816. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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