In these meetings, participants began to envision how to connect agriculture, tourism, and habitat protection and provide economic incentives for landowners to participate in CBPD (Stroud pers.
The Costa Rican office of The Nature Conservancy was hired specifically to conduct a rapid assessment for the program, and otherwise has not been involved in CBPD. The program has received funding support from the United Nations' Global Environment Facility.
The overriding factor determining landowners' decisions to participate in CBPD is perceived economic benefit, while financial restrictions (e.g., liens on properties), titling discrepancies, and joint ownership prohibited involvement in some cases.
The lack of a transition plan for this natural progression in management objectives could ultimately prohibit CBPD from reaching long-term goals of sustainability.
The strategy selected for CBPD is similar to the landscape-level ecoregion strategy of TNC.
One way CBPD managers might measure program success is to assess whether or not it meets the following broad tests (Clark 2002): Is the program ecologically sound?
At this juncture, the leading organizations in CBPD need to help participants establish common goals and develop cohesive, interdisciplinary strategies to evaluate progress toward achieving those goals.
Similarly, Global Environment Facility and other institutional investors should train "parasociologists" to support the management of local organizations and facilitate the decision-making process within CBPD. Investment in building the skills to explore and document previously unaddressed social structures reflects a process-oriented approach toward addressing complex, dynamic problems.
Investing in organizational capacity and improving the relationships and coordination between participants in CBPD has several benefits.
The goal of this analysis is to assist CBPD participants in understanding the processes of problem orientation, social context mapping, and decision making.
An integrated, adaptive strategy will help CBPD succeed in securing habitat for endangered species and protecting water resources within the context of a sustainable socioeconomic system.
To serve as a prototype for the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor Initiative, the social context and decision-making processes within CBPD must be examined and described in a way that provides general lessons for other regions (Clark 1999).