Keeping Nosara Green: Born as the Homeowner’s Association of the “American Project” at Guiones Beach in Nosara, the NCA plays an important role in meeting basic needs for residents and has taken a more active stance in implementing environmental initiatives and advocating a land use plan for the community.
The NCA owns 240+ hectares of parklands. Our mission is to permanently protect them from development and encourage public enjoyment of them as well as use them for the benefit of the entire community. The protection of Playa Guiones, Playa Pelada, and Playa Nosara has always been a priority for the Nosara Civic Association, NCA played an instrumental role in expanding the Ostional National Wildlife Refuge to include Guiones and Pelada as part of the protected beaches. Thanks to that expansion, we still enjoy a pristine beach without development in the 200 meters from the high tide line. To achieve our mission of a sustainable future for Nosara we need to engage in community planning that is transparent and inclusive. We do this by promoting civic engagement and supporting local organizations that follow these principles.
Born many years ago as the Homeowner’s Association of the “American Project” at Guiones Beach in remote Nosara, the NCA has long played an important role in meeting basic needs for residents of the Project and local communities alike. More recently, as tourism in Nosara has boomed, the NCA has taken a more active stance in implementing environmental initiatives and advocating a land use plan for the community.
With support from the Harmony Fund of the GCF, the NCA has developed and maintained a series of trails for bikers and hikers through the extensive network of reserves owned by the association. With Harmony funds, the NCA is also supporting the coordination of the Rio Nosara Biological Corridor project. As part of the Rio Nosara Initiative, the environmental organization Costa Verdes, with a small grant from the GCF, will work with the NCA and landowners to create mini-corridors between the NCA’s reserves and the larger biological corridor. The NCA is also providing administrative support to Guardianes de la Naturaleza, an environmental education initiative for the public schools in the Rio Nosara Biological Corridor.