Rio Sol Bio Corridor, Maleku Reserve, Costa Rica



In January 2012 we finished planting the last trees in a 10 - 15m. wide biological corridor along the Rio Sol. This native forest restores the flora and fauna the Maleku tribe depend upon for a full life. We are now maintaining the baby trees which is vital for their survival. Due to their fast growth and the maintenance up until now we only have 3 months of maintenance left on this project.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

LRFF & the Maleku planted 35,000 trees along the Rio Sol, creating a continuous biological corridor for many kilometers. Thanks to etnies who purchased the trees from the Maleku, you generous donors at Global Giving and LRFF's donations from the winnings of the Ford Focus video contest WE DID IT!! We've continued maintenance of the corridor for 1 year but have 3 months of maintenance remaining. Without it the trees will be overtaken by native grasses and vines and can't survive.

How will this project solve this problem?

This edited project and your donations will insure that the 35,000 trees survive. The survival of the tree corridor means a restoration of the native forest that used to cover the banks of the Rio Sol. Subsequently, the Maleku recuperate their original forests, the resources their culture depends upon for survival and increased habitat for the resident wildlife waiting for the forest to return.

Potential Long Term Impact

This newly planted corridor connects approximately 10 km of forest along Rio Sol. The 35,000 trees, after 5 yrs. old will remove about 700 tonnes of CO2/yr from the Earth's atmosphere, the Maleku will potentially earn payments for environmental services for community development, employment for the maintenance crew, erosion prevention and increased habitat for the native flora and fauna.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $6,009
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $2,826
Total Funding Goal: $8,835

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


Donate by US Mobile Phone

Text GIVE 7060 to 80088 to donate $10 to Rio Sol Bio Corridor, Maleku Reserve, Costa Rica. Message and data rates may apply. Only works for US mobile phones.
TXT MSG from our lawyers: Note that your $10 donation will be made to the GlobalGiving Foundation-Rio Sol Bio Corridor, Maleku Reserve, Costa Rica project. Charges will appear on your wireless bill, or be deducted from your prepaid balance. All purchases must be authorized by the account holder. You must reply YES to the confirmation message. You must be 18 years of age or have parental permission to participate. Text STOP to 80088 to stop all communication. Text HELP to 80088 for help. Message and data rates may apply. Full Terms: Privacy Policy:
Donation Options
An anonymous donor will match all new monthly recurring donations, but only if 75% of donors upgrade to a recurring donation today.
Terms and conditions apply.
Make a monthly recurring donation on your credit card. You can cancel at any time.
Make a donation in honor or memory of:
What kind of card would you like to send?
How much would you like to donate?
gift Make this donation a gift, in honor of, or in memory of someone?
green leaf

Certified Green Project

This project is certified GlobalGiving Green for addressing climate change sustainability.
Learn more.


La Reserva Forest Foundation

Tilaran, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Project Leader

Roberta Ward Smiley

Project Leader
Tilaran, Guanacaste Costa Rica

Where is this project located?

Map of Rio Sol Bio Corridor, Maleku Reserve, Costa Rica
Great; we do too!
Enter your email address to receive updates from this project and from GlobalGiving
We respect your privacy.