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Reforesting the Deforestation in Costa Rica



The project returns 42 has. (104 acres) to native forest. 42,000 trees will connect two forest strips on old pastureland increasing habitat & mobility for wildlife, provide employment & hands on education for area residents. The area to be planted begins at the pristine wetland, Cano Blanco & extends between the two existing forests. Alvaro Jenkins bought the land in the 60's. Maleku workers helped him deforest it to create cattle pastures. Now he is working with LRFF & the Maleku to replant it.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Between the years 1961 and 1992 the Guatuso area, which includes the Maleku indigenous communities, lost over 90% of their tropical, humid forests. The lands were deforested for cattle farming and cultivation of crops. Alvaro's land is in Buena Vista de Guatuso, just east of the Maleku villages. Alvaro used Maleku workers in the 60's to deforest his land. His right hand man was named "Panchito". Panchito was Jimmy Acosta Elizondo's (LRFF's field supervisor) grandfather.

How will this project solve this problem?

42 hectares of native tropical forest that were lost in the past 5 decades will be recovered. "Reforesting the Deforestation" will return 42 hectares of ancestral Maleku lands back to native forest, subsequently helping to mitigate climate change by sequestering and storing a approximately 2560 metric tonnes of CO2/year, recuperate lost habitat and forest resources that local people depend upon for their traditional lifestyle.

Potential Long Term Impact

42,000+ trees will replace 42 hectares of forest that Alvaro deforested in the 60's. The new forest will remove about 2560 tonnes/year of CO2. Alvaro will receive payments for environmental services for many years for his forest. The project gives employment to local workers. Alvaro and his family will create a nursery of 42,000 trees. LRFF buys the trees at planting time as an incentive to the landowner. This creates a lasting appreciation for the new forests.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $1,510
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $93,000
Total Funding Goal: $94,510

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a XLSX file (projdoc.xlsx).


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La Reserva Forest Foundation

Tilaran, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Project Leader

Roberta Ward Smiley

Project Leader
Tilaran, Guanacaste Costa Rica

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