Creating the Environmental Leaders of the New Mil

by Corcovado Foundation
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Creating the Environmental Leaders of the New Mil
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Creating the Environmental Leaders of the New Mil
Creating the Environmental Leaders of the New Mil
Creating the Environmental Leaders of the New Mil
Creating the Environmental Leaders of the New Mil
Creating the Environmental Leaders of the New Mil
Creating the Environmental Leaders of the New Mil
Creating the Environmental Leaders of the New Mil
Creating the Environmental Leaders of the New Mil
Creating the Environmental Leaders of the New Mil
Creating the Environmental Leaders of the New Mil
Creating the Environmental Leaders of the New Mil
Creating the Environmental Leaders of the New Mil
Creating the Environmental Leaders of the New Mil
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Ten years ago, I started working with the Corcovado Foundation, I had finished studying biology, and I came to Costa Rica to find my passion. I started working on the sea turtle conservation project; it was a beautiful experience. Still, during the project, I found something that motivated me even more: Environmental Education, helping people and communities understand the fragility of the place where they lived, and working to preserve it.

A few weeks ago, I went back to work after maternity leave from my beloved Kai. It was amazing to go back to the environmental education program and see that everything I had left behind has grown; our projects are more robust and have more meaningful goals. Families working in regenerative agriculture continue to implement practices that do no harm and benefit the environment. This 2022 we want to consolidate the projects to become an example for the rest of the community.

The restoration project is working with families in the community and on state property to restore part of the rainforest; we want to plant 2000 trees this year! It is beautiful to see that we continue to work to protect and restore the tropical forest. And despite this pandemic that affected us all, this year, we were able to work with children and communities to teach them about the environment and its conservation and train new leaders. We work with more environmental groups of boys and girls, schools, school gardens, and a group of adolescents.

When I left, I left with the fear of not knowing what the projects would be like when I returned, but I am delighted to see how this team never hesitates and does its best for the local communities and this beautiful place.



Hace diez años comencé a trabajar con la Fundación Corcovado, había terminado de estudiar biología y vine a Costa Rica queriendo encontrar cuál era mi pasión. Comencé trabajando en el proyecto de conservación de tortugas marinas fue una experiencia hermosa, pero durante el proyecto encontré algo que me motivo todavía más, fue la educación ambiental, ayudar a las personas y las comunidades a entender la importancia del lugar donde vivían y la importancia de trabajar para conservarlo.

Hace unas semanas, volví a trabajar después de mi licencia de maternidad de mi adorado Kai. Fue increíble volver al programa de educación ambiental y ver que todo lo que había dejado atrás ha crecido; nuestros proyectos son más robustos y tienen objetivos más significativos. Las familias que trabajan en agricultura regenerativa continúan implementando prácticas que no dañan y benefician el medio ambiente. Este 2022 queremos consolidar los proyectos para que se conviertan en un ejemplo para el resto de la comunidad.

El proyecto de restauración está trabajando con familias en la comunidad y en la propiedad estatal para restaurar parte de la selva tropical; ¡Este año queremos plantar 2000 árboles! Qué maravilloso es ver que seguimos trabajando para proteger y restaurar el bosque tropical. Después de esta pandemia que nos afectó a todos, este año pudimos comenzar a trabajar nuevamente con niños y comunidades para enseñarles sobre el medio ambiente y su conservación y formar nuevos líderes. Trabajamos con más grupos ambientales de niños y niñas, escuelas, huertos escolares y un grupo de adolescentes.

Cuando me fui, me fui con el temor de no saber cómo serían los proyectos cuando regresara, pero me siento muy feliz de ver cómo este equipo nunca duda y hace su mejor esfuerzo por las comunidades locales y este hermoso lugar. 

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The Corcovado Foundation's Environmental education program started in 2003 in the Osa Peninsula to create awareness about the natural heritage that surrounded these remote communities. Soon enough, we realized that we were missing two main components providing socioeconomic opportunities and empowering individuals, so they would be aware of the importance of its nature and actively take steps to protect it. 

We are promoting environmental citizenship, a generation of responsible pro-environmental behavior individuals who act and participate in society as agents of change.   

We also started promoting skills and activities that will open their minds to becoming entrepreneurs and community leaders. This short video shows some testimonies of those kids that started with us 18 years later and today are local leaders:

Since 2003, we have worked with thousands of children both in school and in afternoon groups as extracurricular activities in which they learn about nature and what they can do to protect the environment and reduce their impact. 

In 2020,  amid the COVID Pandemic, we also decided to reach their parents. We needed to provide options to communities to generate food security under the economic crisis produced by the pandemic. Families had lost their jobs or their source of income. They became desperate and started logging, poaching, and hunting. Some of them started going back to agriculture. 

[1]Costa Rica is also one of the biggest consumers of agrochemicals in the world, a terrible practice that we needed to deconstruct to help families produce their food. So, we started dedicating efforts to promote

Regenerative agriculture to provide food security, reduce the use of agrochemicals and find a more holistic approach to agriculture.  Today, 50 families receive enough training and support to implement their own projects. Some of them in their farms, some of them in the back yards more than 200 people benefit from more variety of vegetables and fruits, planted in harmony with nature. 

They are reducing their use of agrochemicals to zero, they don't burn or cut forests to find fertile soil, and they are helping to reduce agriculture's carbon footprint.  

Two of the most satisfying outcomes of this project are 1) 95% of the participants are women 2) Their children are actively engaged and love seeing how the plants grow, and they can help feed their families. This is a new generation of regenerative farmers in the make.

 According to the IPPC Report from 2019, we cannot make our climate goals without stopping deforestation and better managing agriculture." ... "land use is responsible for twenty-three percent of global greenhouse-gas emissions"  

To meet the challenges of this decade and do our part, we are promoting environmental education in action. Children in schools will learn about climate change, ecosystem restoration, and regenerative agriculture. They will participate in tree reforestations (including wetlands and mangroves) and plant their organic gardens in their schools. In addition, they will learn about vermicompost, how to use rainforest microorganisms to produce better yields, how to reduce erosion during the harsh rainy seasons and avoid evaporation during the dry seasons, making them more resilient to climate change.  

These kids will also learn the value of trees and forests to protect their water sources and reduce the risk of mudslides. 

 All these will give a better quality of life to our communities and help capture carbon emissions. Maybe it is not much, but we are doing our part. As Antoine de Saint Exupéry, As for the future, it is not a question of foreseeing it, but of making it possible.

[1]   FAO, Junio 2011

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Good news: Regenerative Agriculture is changing lives!

 A community applies its good nature for the good of nature.

 “In times when we see so much devastation, and climate change is affecting communities all over the orb. It is great to hear the testimonies of so many people who are changing the ways they are doing things, fixing carbon dioxide on their soils, producing without artificial agrochemicals, and providing for their families more and better food.  These families are heroes, making a difference, with every seed and every plant.  I am just so grateful for the team that put their heart into this and the families that trusted us. Thank you for helping us make this happen. This is our donors and volunteers’ accomplishment as much as ours.” said Alejandra, executive director of the Corcovado Foundation.

In response to the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and all its social and ecological implications, the Corcovado Foundation has been helping communities to implement regenerative agriculture and reforestation activities to provide them with better food security and to improve their resilience to the pandemic and to the climate crisis.

One of the aims of this program is to create new connections between local producers and consumers, particularly women, and promote a localized economy based on sustainable development and the conservation of ecosystems.

“It’s been a really enriching experience, to have so many local women interested, united, and getting involved”, said Rebeca, one of the beneficiaries in Drake Bay. “It’s been a great way to meet more people from the community. It’s so lovely to open the doors of our farm to our neighbors, to host visits, and visit other people’s farms too. We can count on each other in resolving problems with growing the food.”

In the Osa Peninsula, landowners have often used agrochemicals and slash-and-burn techniques for many decades to kill weeds, get rid of pests, or fertilize their crops. This has left many soils compacted, eroded, or sterile, making farmers even more dependent on synthetic fertilizers. The program promotes concepts that can improve soil quality, increase land productivity and crop diversity, and should generate new income for families.

“For me, it’s been a great help to have started to produce food at home during the pandemic”, comments Elva. “Now my family eats a lot of food that was grown right here in the house, rather than having to buy it from the market. The food is good quality, and I don’t have to spend money on fertilizers and pesticides either, because everything is grown organically. It’s helped me to save a significant amount of money.”

The program has also provided emotional support for those in the network during the stressful events of the pandemic, and even brought together families and fostered connections across generations.

“The program began more or less when the pandemic started and I was out of work”, says Andrea. “Having the organic garden as a means of escaping from being stuck in the house all day with not much to do. I decided to just go for it, get out there and move some soil, plant seeds, and grow some food. I come from a family of farmers, but I’d never been interested in learning how to grow food for myself before. So, it’s been beautiful to connect with that.”

The program has been running virtual workshops and farm visits for two cohorts of participants. With 45 families now involved in the network, the program is gathering momentum. But funds are always needed as more and more families want to join in.

Please consider donating to this program and help the Corcovado Foundation reach out to more families, and provide better food security, healthier nutrition, and more diverse economic options to the people of the Osa Peninsula.

Next week between September 13 and 17, the Corcovado Foundation will be participating in the Little-by-Little GlobalGiving Campaign. Donations between 10 to 50 USD will be receiving a matching fund of 50%. It is an excellent opportunity to help.

Generosity is contagious! Donate, share, and help us.

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Your friendship and your support of our organization have been instrumental to the success of our projects.

Thanks to you, we have provided health services, monthly food to 50 senior citizens in extremely poor conditions and even taking them to the clinic.   

Thanks to you, we have provided training, equipment, seeds, and materials to 53 families who are now implementing regenerative agriculture and abstaining from using agrochemicals and protecting the soil. Together they are protecting 210 acres of land.

Thanks to you, we have provided environmental education to over 4500 students since 2003. We have maintained our youth groups for 18 years, which have brought up exemplary community leaders who are now changing their communities for the better. 

Take a look at our video to hear their testimonies

Thanks to you, we have helped 4 communities start their sea turtle projects, and while under our control, we have protected over 9649 nests, we have released 90238 to the sea, and around 641,040.00 potentially hatched unharmed thanks to our efforts. Take a look at our video of what our sea turtle project does:

Your support and your friendship have blessed us, and I want to take a minute to thank you for all you do for us. 

We have big plans for this year! We will be planting 1000 trees by the end of 2021 and 5000 more by 2023. We will double to amount of families that participate in our regenerative agriculture program, and we will continue bringing food and environmental education to our communities. With your support, we are unstoppable. Thank you so much!

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Soils hold three times the amount of carbon currently in the atmosphere: This is how we are changing the way we look at our soils.

Since 2020 we began a training process with local families from Drake Bay. They were in a highly complex situation due to the unemployment situation in the area due to the global Covid-19 pandemic.

Many families returned to planting to survive, but using harmful techniques, such as chemical and agrochemical fertilizers, damage the soil and ecosystems. That is why we wanted to support families in learning cultivation techniques that respect the environment and biodiversity: Regenerative Agriculture.

Regenerative agriculture is all about tourist and volunteers can help us reach our goal:  1000 trees planted by the end of 2021 feeding the soil. According to the American University in Washington DC, soils hold three times the amount of carbon currently in the atmosphere.


49 families   have received training on regenerative agriculture. 

18 families of those in the training process in 2020 are currently being trained with new knowledge that improves their crops, soils, and biodiversity.

They are also learning about the respectful and sustainable care of farm animals like pigs and chickens. In addition, they are carrying out an exceptionally beautiful process of exchange of work (helping in each other’s farms), crops, and experience called "changed hands" in which a group of families supports another on their farm in the development of activities that improve their crops and exchange seeds products of their crops.

One of the families expressed to us how one of the most beautiful experiences was sharing with other families, seeing different ways of cultivating and exchanging experiences and seeds. "This process has made me see things differently, what I previously considered waste, now I know that it is extremely precious, the organic matter that plants feed on" she told us.

29 new families from Drake Bay have begun in 2021 the formation process that the other 24 families already completed last year. They are learning basic techniques of regenerative agriculture. After a distance training process through 3 workshops by Zoom, they have been learning about the essential concepts; soils, their composition, how to improve them, and different cultivation techniques.

During last weekend, we made the first practical tour in which we visited each family, to see the conditions of their land and we advised them on the challenges they will have to face to improve their crops.

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