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2014-12-17 | Policy Brief

Concessions in Wild Protected Areas: Cost estimates for non-essential services in Chirripó National Park, Costa Rica.

Naranjo, Maria Angelica, Francisco Alpízar and Alberto Vargas. 2014. “Concessions in Wild Protected Areas: Cost estimates for non-essential services in Chirripó National Park, Costa Rica..”
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Chirripó National Park

Protected areas have been established for the conservation of natural resources and biodiversity worldwide. Funding for conservation activities in protected areas is not always available and this is especially true in developing countries. Thus, managers of protected areas must find alternative ways of obtaining resources.

The granting of concessions non-essential services would become a new source of income for protected areas and would substantially increase the quality of service provided to tourists and also liberate park officials from activities not from their occupation and can devote to their specific functions.

The overall objective of the study was to obtain a pricing structure based on costs for non-essential services with a methodology can be adjusted to other Protected Areas in the country.

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