LRFF’s credibility continues to grow in the local community as projects are funded and local land owners receive their Payments for Environmental Services (PES). It may be difficult for some of us to imagine the difference these payments of $300 per hectare per year can make for local Costa Rican families. It can be the difference of being able to afford school uniforms and books, or of having the money to pay for medical care, or even of being able to put more than a simple meal of beans and rice on the table. Further, these PES’s make it possible for local farmers to reforest a portion of their land and witness the wealth of wildlife that returns when biological corridors are created. This is no small thing. We are helping increase awareness of the interconnectedness between the people of this community and their natural environment. Each project we complete becomes one more example of what’s possible.
Ana loves the jungles of Costa Rica and the wildlife that thrive in them. But since her husband’s death last year, she also has the full responsibility of taking care of her family financially. Her family has resisted selling out to developers when neighbors on either side of her did just that. She waits in eager anticipation for the funding that will bring about the completion of this project - creating a new biological corridor that will allow wildlife access to a broader range of habitat. Your support is crucial to making that happen.
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