Monteverde - Arenal Initiative

“A collaboration to conserve the ecosystems of the Monteverde-Arenal bioregion.”

The Soltis Center plays an important role as the unique research center on the Caribbean side of Monteverde-Arenal Mountain range. This initiative strives to increase the understanding and protection of this biologically-rich region through greater community involvement, collaboration, and an expansion of the spatial and temporal scale of conservation efforts.

In the last three decades, the regions of Monteverde and Arenal, Costa Rica have emerged as premier sites for research, conservation, and education.  However, this is a critical time for conservation in and around the Monteverde-Arenal bioregion due to both the rapidly changing climate and increasing human activities.

In order to expand the impact and scope of collective actions to sufficiently address the developing problems and threats that this region faces, a 4-day conference was co-organized by the Monteverde Institute and held in Monteverde during February of 2014, to define a common vision, key objectives, and a tractable action plan for conservation, research, and education initiatives in the Monteverde bioregion. This meeting was inter-organizational, and interdisciplinary, reflecting the diversity of the human and natural communities.

Elements that contribute to the success of community-based conservation are the arts, culture, and supportive community interactions. These have a strong place in understanding and expressing the value of habitats and contributing to a sense of place and stewardship. For more information please use the following website link: