Costa Rica has a set of policies emerged from a process of improvement and analysis of previous instruments and the need to consolidate the management of the Wildlife Protected Areas of the country. In this article, we review the overall framework of public policies, what it means and what it should cover; and finish with a review the overall policy framework of protected areas in Costa Rica with a focus on its application in Isla del Coco National Park. Policies must be improved, including budget, indicators and verification.

Keywords: Isla del Coco National Park, Public Policy, Wild Protected Areas, Policy Cycle, Evaluation, Costa Rica.