Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad, INBio

Apdo. 22-3100
Santo Domingo de Heredia
Costa Rica

+506 2507 8100

The National Biodiversity Institute (INBio) of Costa Rica is a private research and biodiversity management center, established in 1989 to support all efforts made to gather knowledge on the country's biological diversity and promote its sustainable use. The institute works under the premise that the best way to conserve biodiversity is to study it, value it, and utilise the opportunities it offers to improve the quality of life of human beings.

INBio is a non-governmental, non-profit, public interest organisation of civil society that works in close collaboration with different government institutions, universities, the private sector and other public and private organisations, both within and outside Costa Rica.

Although INBio is a national initiative in terms of its sphere of action, it has also become part of an international effort aimed at integrating conservation and development. The application of scientific knowledge on biodiversity to economic activities such as ecotourism, medicine and agriculture, or the development of mechanisms to charge and pay for environmental services, exemplify this integration effort and are a part of the many activities that have attracted the attention of the international community to INBio's work.