Members of the Pedasí and Los Asientos communities represented the province of Los Santos in a week-long environmental seminar sponsored by the City of Knowledge and INADEH. Belgis Madrid and Manuel Cedeño represented the Los Asientos silvopastoral cattle association APASPE, Katheryn Franco represented the ecotourism cooperative of Pedasí (Cooperativa de Ecoturismo y Servicios Múltiples de Pedasí, Pedasí Ecotourism Cooperative), and Euribiades Diaz represented the fishing cooperative of Pedasí (Cooperativa Virgen del Carmen, Fishing Cooperative Virgen del Carmen of Pedasí). This seminar in Divisa focused on training community leaders to understand environmental management and contribute to the solutions of environmental problems.
Belgis Madrid commented, “I learned to value environmental resources and to look for alternatives in businesses.” Belgis also commented that he enjoyed the course because it allowed him to connect with other environmental organizations.
Katheryn Franco particularly enjoyed a trip the seminar took to the mangroves along the Santamaria river where she learned about the importance of the mangrove ecosystem. “I liked the course because it was very interesting and I learned concepts that I did not know, such as the steps to create a good environmental business”, commented Katheryn Franco.