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Help 30 persons and save 2025 hectares of forest

by ASIREA Asociacion para el desarrollo sostenible de la Region Atlantica
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Help 30 persons and save 2025 hectares of forest
Help 30 persons and save 2025 hectares of forest
Help 30 persons and save 2025 hectares of forest
Help 30 persons and save 2025 hectares of forest
Help 30 persons and save 2025 hectares of forest
Help 30 persons and save 2025 hectares of forest
Help 30 persons and save 2025 hectares of forest
Help 30 persons and save 2025 hectares of forest
Help 30 persons and save 2025 hectares of forest
Forests protect species like this wild turkey
Forests protect species like this wild turkey

 

We hope this small report reaches you in health and good spirits. 

Around the globe, countries are suffering from COVID. Some are more affected than others, and internally, some people are much more vulnerable than others- and for different reasons.  Costa Rica is a country that depends on tourism for part of its income. Costa Rica has been very clear about protecting the population, so our borders and many businesses have been closed since the 18th of March. 

Of the 5 families we are helping in this project, one especially depends on tourism since they have been very successful with the reproduction of butterflies. Now this extended family is challenged to find ways to survive. 

Thanks to this project and your generosity, this month, we were able to distribute $315 to each of the five families. This amount represents 57% of our minimum wage ($548).  This is the second time we distribute the donations (which we accumulate until we have a lump sum). It was much appreciated, in a time when small businesses have been hard hit, and unemployment has reached the highest in the last 100 years: 12.5%. 

So we thank you, who have donated to this project at some point. Your recognizing and honoring those who protect forest for the global Earth community does go directly to these people, and becomes well- being for them. This is exactly the way it should be.  

Jane Segleau

ASIREA 

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A sloth, a local forest inhabitant
A sloth, a local forest inhabitant

The fires in Australia left the world reeling, with a sense of indignation, sadness, and anguish. Yet other countries have tried to avoid such disasters by purposely creating opposite scenarios. For example, Costa Rica promotes conservation on one hand, with tough laws against deforestation on the other.

 

In Costa Rica, it is illegal to cut down the forest. In this way, we have reforested our country up to 52% of our landmass, as can be seen in images taken by Nasa (see https://ticotimes.net/2019/09/05/nasa-image-shows-how-well-costa-rica-has-prevented-forest-fires). Yet this has been done, mainly by private farmers. ASIREA has selected 5 families from our region who have done spectacular efforts to protect the forests they own, even at the expense of their family. Mireya, for example, with her elderly mother, brothers, and sisters, continues to care for over 600 hectares which protect many tropical animals, including the jaguar.

 

Also, these families continue to petition the Costa Rican government for its support-having met in February with the Minister of Agriculture and the Minister of the Environment. On the Caribbean side of Costa Rica, where humidity comes in from the ocean, these forests are not only important because of the biodiversity they protect, but also because they contribute to a stable climate in the whole country.

 

Still, we are far from our goal. Of $121,500 dollars we proposed, we have $119,069 to still raise. These resources are allocated directly to the families, who can reinvest in the protection of their forest or in urgent, basic needs such as health or education. We thank all the donors for their continued support for this cause that helps humans and the environment!

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Hello everyone!

This year has been a hard one for the planet and the people and other species on it. Costa Rica has not been an exception, nor our ONG: ASIREA. This year the country entered a financial crisis and very few people are investing in reforestation projects which is one of our mainstays. 

In Costa Rica we have a Environmental Payment Service which is financed by a tax on gasoline- yet many land owners do not have access to this incentive because of several reasons such as land tenure, or the government´s priorities or lack of funds. The people we are supporting have risen to the occasion though, and are organized  to petition to the government for effective help with their conservation efforts and their basic human rights which are being ignored due to red tape, legal restrictions and, frankly, indifference.  ASIREA has been part of this process and we sincerely hope the Ministry of the Environment will be dilligent in helping solve this serious dilema.

We are soon to begin our end of the year fundraising effort, and your contribution will make these families´ Chrsitmas much brighter. Their reality is that they protect hundreds of hectareas of forest...where there are animals as spectacular as jaguars...manatis or tapirs...but they have no income for their efforts. 

Our belief is that we can help each other and our fellow species through efforts such as this one.

Thank you for your donations, your continued support and faith in the people.

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This week, the world reeled during the burning of the Amazon. Shock, indignation, anger,  dismay and impotency were some of the feelings expressed in news clips and internet exchanges. Meanwhile, the same exact same difficulties play out on Costa Rica in a different way. Here we have many farmers dedicated to protect their forests and our governmente does assure the forests´protection. It is illegal to burn or cut forests.  But like famers all over Latin America, many families cannot access the very limited  incentives our government offers as Environmental Payments, from a tax paid by users of fossil fuels.  These families are becoming more empoverished everyday, because these forests per se do not generate income. The choice of protecting the forest versus quietly cutting it down often is a topic of family economy. And each forest anywhere in the world is a precious source of water and carbon fixing for the local people and the World. For you and your family. 

This is why we have this campaign to support, motivate, and walk with five local families that belong to our organization ASIREA. We really do need more help from everyone: our campaign has not been totally successful and we have a long way yo go: 119,719 dollars still. We appreciate the constant small donations. 

Please help us spread the word. There are real ways to support people and forests all over the world. Be part of the change! You can donate and share with your friends. All the resources will be gathered and divided between the families at the end of the years to support them in their effort. YOU  and every donor will recieve every bit of information about this!  Thank you for reading this report. 

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Hello everyone,

Well, the Little by Lille Campaign was in April. This year, for the people who protect forest without Environmental paymente services, we have had 16 donations, and raised 675 dollars. We hope to raise more significant funds by the end of the year. 

The forest owners have been trying to have their voice heard by our government, and we will be participating in a meeting with a Costa Rica  institution that defends the citizens next week. 

Thank you for your continued support. Costa Rica is considered an example worldwide because we have over 50% forest, unfortunately, today, I have to be sincere saying that many forest owners live in poverty and without financial options. Your support makes it possible for them to continue protecting the trees, the forest, the water and its inhabitants. 

Yours-

 

Jane Segleau Earle

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ASIREA Asociacion para el desarrollo sostenible de la Region Atlantica

Location: Guapiles - Costa Rica
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Project Leader:
jane segleau
Guapiles, Costa Rica
$3,242 raised of $121,500 goal
 
71 donations
$118,258 to go
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