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Instituto Monteverde. Straddling the Divide: Global-Local Partnerships, Sustainability and the Monteverde Institute. Noemi Danao, Executive Director August 2007. Monteverde-Arenal Forest Reserve Complex. Forest Cover and Protected Areas 2003. Situating Monteverde, Costa Rica.

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straddling the divide global local partnerships sustainability and the monteverde institute

Instituto Monteverde

Straddling the Divide: Global-Local Partnerships, Sustainability and the Monteverde Institute

Noemi Danao,

Executive Director

August 2007

situating monteverde costa rica

Monteverde-Arenal

Forest Reserve Complex

Forest Cover and Protected Areas 2003

Situating Monteverde, Costa Rica
monteverde institute
Monteverde Institute
  • Costa Rican non-profit association de utilidad pública founded in 1986 by Monteverde residents
  • Purpose: Advance knowledge on the sustainable management of resources through education, research, and community collaboration
  • Governance Structure: General Assembly, Board of Directors, Staff
what does the monteverde institute do
What Does the Monteverde Institute Do?
  • Education Abroad
    • Place-based learning
    • Logistic and content provider
    • 25 courses a year
  • Applied Research
    • Water, Ecotourism, Land Use Planning, Community Health
  • Collaboration
    • Global learning community, Local community
income generation through university education abroad
Income Generation Through University Education Abroad

Income from education abroad courses

Funding for community programs

(art and music, scholarships, community planning…)

BUT…

Funding and resources to reinvest in “business?”

for whom does the monteverde institute exist
For Whom Does the Monteverde Institute Exist?

Quaker/North American community?

Universities? International students?

Local and national organizations?

Everyone?

global local intermediary

Monteverde Institute

Area of intersection

Municipal Government

Planning Commission

Women’s Cooperatives

Public High School

Asociación de Parceleros

University of California

State University of New York

University of South Florida

Boston College

University of Missouri

International Universities

Local Organizations

Instituto Monteverde

Global-Local Intermediary
lessons learned
Lessons Learned
  • Define why we exist and for whom.
  • Clarify why we do it.
  • Build on our strengths.
  • Clarify what resources we need to achieve to and how we will obtain them.
  • Invest the resources needed to do it well.
  • Diversify risk.
what does sustainability mean for the monteverde institute
What Does Sustainability Mean for the Monteverde Institute?
  • Generating income through multiple sources and clarifying what it can or should be used for.
  • Creating partnerships that meet the needs and expectations of its global clientele while meeting the needs and expectations of the local community.
  • Defining what we are and excelling in that endeavor.
questions obrigado gracias thank you

Instituto Monteverde

Questions…Obrigado, Gracias, Thank you!

Noemi Danao, Executive Director

ndanao@mvinstitute.org

www.mvinstitute.org