Over the last two decades, we Costa Ricans have
been acquiring environmental awareness, as a
result of diverse initiatives, which step by
step have been entering people's minds, having
incorporated in recent years, concepts about
conservation and natural resource management
in the different basic, medium and superior
This awareness has been focused particularly
on the importance of our forests, and the terrestrial
environments they belong to, which indirectly
benefit our seas.However, the marine environments
and fauna, as rich and diverse as the tropical
forest, have not received the same specific
attention and interest.
PROMAR has devoted itself to
the task of disseminating and making the marine
environments, their ecosystems and their inhabitants
more accessible for the people, from an educational
perspective of respect, equilibrium and identification
with this part of the planet.
The Marine Educational Program (MEP),
has been defined as a service to the general
public, providing an option to live a different
experience beyond the beach and the waves, with
and Diving Courses
for an all-age public.
At the same time, it offers an exclusive modality
for educational entities, though Marine
Camps and Community Work, as a fun way of
creating awareness. Lectures, audio-visual material
and the field practices are customized to the
appropriate level, in coordination with the
professor in charge.
• The excursions and camps options take
two or three days and are guided by a specialist
in biology. They include visiting essential
marine ecosystems and observing marine organisms.
• Diving courses include lectures and
pool practices, as well as marine practices.
• Community Work options include 5 days/4
nights and cover an activity program, logistics
and the guidance by a biologist of PROMAR,
as well as representatives of National Parks
and Universities. All the options offer the
best security conditions in terrestrial transport
as well as in marine transport, and excellent
lodging and food conditions, too.
"El Océano en Nuestras Mentes"
The Ocean in Our Minds
CO-PRODUCED BY: FUNDACIÓN PROMAR AND LA
FUNDACIÓN AVINA AND MARINE CONSERVATION
Along 9 months of 2003, the Marine Educational
Program (MEP) of PROMAR worked, along with La
Pecera Producciones in the development of the
48-minute documentary “El Océano
en Nuestras Mentes”.
This production was made with the purpose of
showing the more common human conceptions related
to different activities that take advantage
of the sea and of revealing the accions associated
to those conceptions, their consequences and
the efforts made by different people and entities
to work against those actions and to reach benefits
for the ocean and its organisms.
It counted on the support of several national
and international institutions, of professionals
and of the general public in different areas
of the country, who gave information, opinions
and audiovisual material and contributed to
show the reality we where intended to reveal.
The script of this production is based directly
on the perspectives shown by Costa Ricans of
different sectors, which were considered not
only in the several segments of the documentary,
but also in the three characters created for
the story, who represent wisdom, inocence and
lack of knowledge. Along the story, the latter
changes into a conception of the ocean as MEP
want it to be understood by the public.
The documentary is available for sale
in format VHS (US$12) and DVD (US$14) i.v.i.
For additional information regarding our
Marine Excursions and Camps, please contact
PROMAR, using any of the following:
Telephone / Fax: 233-9074