This project will reforest one hectare of land with a local elementary school, Jardin de los Ninos. Students will learn about tropical forests, climate change, and the importance of reforestation. They will be involved in all stages of the project, including collecting the seedlings, establishing a nursery at their school, and tending the trees until planting day. Ultimately, the students will help plant their trees, monitoring and maintaining their new forest over the next several years.
The destruction and degradation of Costa Rica's tropical forests has many negative impacts on biodiversity, soil, water quality, and climate. In addition to adverse environmental impacts, the loss of native tropical forests also strains the connection that local peoples have with their natural environment and diminishes the role that forests can play as an educational resource for youth.
This project addresses the loss and degradation of tropical forests by reforesting one hectare of land with native trees. In addition, the project provides a hands-on learning opportunity for students from a local elementary school who will assist in the collection of seedlings, establishment of a native tree nursery, and planting of the new forest. In this way, the project both reestablishes tropical forest and strengthens the relationship that local youth have with their natural resources.
The tropical forest that this project will create will sequester and store carbon, provide a home to local flora and fauna, and will help to maintain soil and water quality in the area. In addition, the educational component of this project will inform and influence a growing generation of environmental stewards whose decisions and actions will determine the health of Costa Rica's natural resources in the future.
This project has provided additional documentation in a XLSX file (projdoc.xlsx).