The use of Geographic Information Systems in planning and prioritizing actions in a biogeographical unit
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SANREM CRSP and CARE-SUBIR
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Fundacion para el Desarrollo de la Cordillera Volcanica Central (FUNDECOR) is a non-governmental organization based in Costa Rica. Its geographical sphere of action is the Central Volcano Range Conservation Area, one of the eleven biogeographical units established by the Ministry of the Environment and Energy. Our activities take place within a 300,000 hectare area, divided into what we call nucleus areas (national parks and other protected areas) and buffer zones in which private properties are located. These latter are the sites of a variety of activities and uses, including forests, plantations,
agriculture and livestock activities, crops, pastures and scrub. In implementing its activities, monitoring changes in land use and selecting areas in which FUNDECOR should focus its efforts, we have made use of the Geographic Information System (GIS) as a decision-making tool. As is well known, access to reliable information is one of the basic requirements of decision makers. This is particularly true in the field of natural resources.