Faico: About Us

Friends of Cocos Island is a non-governmental organization founded in 1994. It is dedicated to supporting the sustainable management and conservation of Cocos Island and its surrounding ecosystems through the development of strategic alliances and resource management.

Words from 2003 expressed by Mr. Rodrigo Carazo Odio, founder of Faico.

"The Costa Rican government could not undertake all the responsibility alone and that is why, with the same enthusiasm with which the Cocos Island National Park was created, we created the Friends of Cocos Island Foundation. We have given our heart to it because every time someone contributes with this treasure, national prestige increases."

For more than 20 years, our efforts have focused on the improvement of Cocos Island. Our model of collaboration with the Government, NGOs, the private sector, and civil society has allowed the promotion of actions to turn Cocos Island into a replicable example of good practices in the management of marine areas and protection of migratory species worldwide, which serve as a reference in the Tropical Eastern Pacific.

Our Mission

Promote best practices for the management and conservation of Cocos Island and Montes Submarinos marine biodiversity and important species that migrate throughout the Eastern Tropical Pacific.

Our Vision

The migratory species and ecosystems of Cocos Island National Park, Montes Submarinos Marine Managed Area, and the Eastern Tropical Pacific are thriving and will continue to do so for generations to come.

Faico Work Team

Executive Director: Alejandra Villalobos

Alejandra Villalobos

Executive Director

Finance & Operations: Allan Alfaro

Allan Alfaro

Finance & Administration

Conservation Manager: Andrea Montero Cordero

Andrea Montero

Conservation Manager

Communication & Marketing: Magaly Cordero

Iria Chacón

Project Manager

Board of Directors of Faico

Carlos Manuel Uribe


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Esteban Brenes


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Marco Antonio Quesada


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Mario Carvajal

Representative of the Municipality of San José

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Jorge Cortés

Representative of the Executive Branch

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