The Project

This project seeks to contribute to the development and fair distribution of resources, in a way that facilitates the eradication of poverty, supports the conservation of natural resources and ensures the prosperity of all people. Correspondence with the following Sustainable Development Goals is identified:

Decent work and economic growth
Industry, innovation and infrastructure
Responsible consumption and production
Climate action
Submarine life
Alliances to achieve objectives
Who we are

CRG is a public-private alliance made up of the National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC), the Center for Research in Marine Sciences and Limnology (CIMAR) of the University of Costa Rica (UCR), the tourism company Peninsula Papagayo, the Biodiversity and Business Program (DABio) of the German Cooperation Agency (GiZ), and the non-governmental organization Raising Coral Costa Rica (RCCR).



Recover coral reefs and their ecosystem services through ecological restoration.


To be a national and regional benchmark for the integration of different sectors of society to conserve and promote the sustainable development of coral reefs and their ecological recovery.

  1. Implement a coral culture program in situ in Bahía Culebra, through microfragmentation and transplantation of colonies of reef-forming species in at least three reef areas.
  2. Obtain data on the growth and survival of fragments of 4 coral genera.
  3. Perform coral transplants on selected reefs in the bay with their respective biological monitoring.
  4. Promote responsible and purposeful tourism activities in the coral reefs and nurseries of Bahía Culebra.
  1. Plant 5,000 coral colonies in 5 years.
  2. Recover 30% of the live coral cover in 5 years.
  3. Increase by 50% the biomass and diversity of reef fish.
  4. Establish a responsible underwater touring program with 3 local companies.
  5. Raise awareness of the goods and services provided by coral reefs in local coastal communities.
  6. Promote marine awareness in schools and colleges in the area.
  7. Propose a marine spatial arrangement of the productive activities associated with the coral reefs in the area.