As we celebrate the inaugural year of Fundación Costa Palmas’s impactful presence in La Ribera and Cabo del Este, we had the privilege of sitting down with Ruth Gurría, the Director of Fundación Costa Palmas. With a mission to contribute to the conservation of biodiversity, the region’s natural wealth, and the overall development of the community, the foundation’s commitment to sustainability and improving the quality of life for local residents is both commendable and inspiring. In this interview, Ruth Gurría shares insights into the foundation’s achievements, goals, and the challenges they’ve encountered during their first year of operation.
What have been the most significant achievements of the Costa Palmas Foundation in its first year of operation and how have they impacted the local community?
In our inaugural year of operation, two notable achievements stand out. First, we successfully obtained all the necessary permits and authorizations from SAT (Tax Administration Service), establishing ourselves as an authorized association eligible for tax deductions on donations. Second, we’ve bridged the gap between Costa Palmas and the surrounding community. Through projects in education, environmental conservation, and social structure enhancement, we’ve fostered collaboration with the local community, executing various projects that bring benefits to children, youth, and the entire community.