La Reserva Forest Foundation

La Reserva Forest Foundation is a Costa Rican non-profit, tax exempt foundation working to restore and preserve native tropical forests, dedicated to creating "tree bridges" linking isolated forest islands using volunteers and the local school communities, and fighting global warming through various carbon neutral projects.
Sep 19, 2016

Keeping our corridors strong!

At La Reserva Forest Foundation, we are working hard to reforest the tropics and reduce the impacts of habitat loss on biodiversity. One appraoch we consistently use in our work are biological corridors. These forested corridors provide habitat and cover for forest dwelling species to be able to migrate from isolated forest patches across the landscape. This allows these species to find food, nests, mates and sync with their natural rhythms of migration. Without tree cover these species are often exposed to predators in open fields on the ground, having no way to cross human developed barriers like roads, fence lines and utilities. By working with local landowners, developing relationships, and creating concessions for additional habitat in the form of corridors, species can move across the landscape and connect to existing protected areas.

These are the reasons why La Reserva needs to continue to invest, support and maintain our existing network of corridors. With your donations we can renew the conservation contracts we use to protect these corridors from degradation. Without the financial incentives, it is difficult for farmers and ranchers to justify taking land out of rotation. These steps are only one way we can work towards better environmental outcomes in some of the most diverse regions on the planet.

We will continue to work hard to raise the money we need to repair and restore Kiki's Corridor. Our work is never done, but I want to take a moment to thank you for your generosity and want you to know we are trying mutliple methods to conserve our planet's resources and provide more equitable outcomes for wildlife and rural communities.

 

Sincerely,

Jun 21, 2016

Our work inspires, but we need your help!

Dear Global Giving Community,

Fragmentation of the landscape in Costa Rica is real. Agriculture, grazing, roads, and development are responsible for habitat loss and the displacement of species. Conservation in Costa Rica is spearheaded on the grassroots level by a network of private forest reserves — the equivalency of the land trust. This network of reserves provides additional protections outside of the national park system by partnering with private landowners to conserve and preserve open space and habitat, very similar to the role land trusts play in North America. La Reserva works hard to build these private partnerships and reach out to communities, but these same communities are economically vulnerable. They rely on the land for their livelihood and convincing them to sacrifice their bottom line to minimize impacts without compensation is difficult.

Over the past three months, since posting Revisiting Kiki's Corridor, we have received many visitors to La Reserva who were inspired by the work we do. These visitors were in awe of biological corridors and saw firsthand Kiki's corridor and its impacts on wildlife. And while the refuge at La Reserva is always a local source of inspiration, our work and our reach needs to extend itself to you, an international and connected global citizen. Through your support we can continue to partner with private landowners, like Kiki, and conserve and restore forests. It is the global community that recognizes the need for alternative sources of land protection, like the partnerships land trusts provide in other parts of the world.

This is where the Global Giving Communities’ role is important. Through your generous donation we can continue to work with these landowners, provide them with incentives to practice best management strategies on the land, and create additional systems of conservation in the country. You can help us fulfill that role here in Costa Rica and make a difference in the lives of the communities we serve every day by donating now.

Thank you for seeing the value in our work, for taking the time to support our communities, to creating better lives for themselves and our world.

Aug 5, 2015

Closing out Angel's Fruit Forest

La Reserva is appreciative to the donors contributing to the project “Angel’s Fruit Forest for the Maleku.” However, the owner of the land to be reforested, Angel Silva, has lost interest in the project and decided to use his land for other purposes. Therefore, we will be unable to move forward with this project. The donations raised for this project through GlobalGiving will be transferred to a different project within our organization that is more likely to be implemented. Ties with Angel and the Maleku tribe will be kept as we continue to advocate for reforestation and indigenous rights. If Angel decides to reconsider in the future, La Reserva will work with him to discuss new reforestation opportunities.

Our organization continues to work with the Maleku and advocate for indigenous rights. It’s through global awareness and directed resources to these communities that provide opportunities and avenues for them to continue to practice their cultural and economic traditions. Oftentimes these communities are forgotten or so far afield that people don’t take notice of their plight. We want to draw attention to how social and environmental justice should be focused on indigenous communities’ rights to the land and the forest.

We are always thankful to the people who are interested in and support our organization. Without their support, as well as the landowners and communities that work with us, we would not be able to make such a positive impact on people and the environment.

 
   

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