Save San Luis Forest, Save This Family, Costa Rica



Preserving this 12 ha. primary tropical forest will save the Monge’s who own it, and maintain the forest habitat resident wildlife depend on in this vital forest corridor on the shores of Lake Arenal

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

What are your CO2 emissions each year? Do you know? The Monge’s have conserved this 12 ha. rainforest for decades. Mariano Monge, owner of the forest, has 3 sons with his wife Alba. Josue, the eldest has a degenerative disease and needs life support at this stage, the middle son was born with Down’s syndrome and a serious heart defect. They live in constant financial distress. This forest is removing 180 metric tons of CO2/year from the Earth’s atmosphere. Offset your CO2 helping this family

How will this project solve this problem?

Payments for environmental services to the Monge’s for the habitat and CO2 sequestration saves 12 ha. of rainforest from being sold and developed, the habitat necessary for the resident wildlife and the resources so badly needed by this family.

Potential Long Term Impact

Preserving the Monge’s forest ensures habitat for the resident wildlife in perpetuity, absorbs over 180 metric tons of CO2 annually and gives this family the opportunity to build a special room for Josue affording him the best care possible

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $1,339

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $1,339 .  The original project funding goal was $1,246.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Excel file (projdoc.xls).


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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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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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Map of Save San Luis Forest, Save This Family, Costa Rica
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