38 Hectares of Valuable Resources for the Maleku

$1,385 $385,705
Raised Remaining


This project is our first land acquisition opportunity of 38 hectares, contributing to the recuperation of the Maleku ancestral territory. This includes 24 ha. of primary forest, 14 ha. of pasture being reforested as part of the Rio Sol Bio Corridor project, and an ancient, functioning water source that supplies potable water to the Maleku communities below. The reforestation of this land in December will help increase the level of the aquifer for the community and provides valuable resources.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

90% of the Maleku were massacred in the 1800's for rubber trees. The tribe went from over 6000 to less than 600, robbed of their ancestral lands. Costa Rica decreed 3000 has. of the original 60,000 as Maleku territory in 1976. The lands haven't been returned. LRFF with the Maleku are seeking donors to buy back the ancestral lands from non-indigenous owners, restoring 2/3 to forest. The Maleku depend on the forest for housing, food and medicine. This forest provides water and building materials.

How will this project solve this problem?

By purchasing the farm we recuperate 38 has. of Maleku ancestral lands. LRFF is restoring 14 hectares to native forest as part of the Rio Sol Biological Corridor project and the other 24 hectares of primary forest will be preserved. All of this will increase the aquifer levels to provide more potable water for the Maleku communities below, provide vital forest resources for their traditional lifestyle and begin the recuperation of their territory for their use.

Potential Long Term Impact

The acquisition of this farm and subsequent ones will draw attention and the Costa Rican government will finally implement the 35-year-old decree for the Maleku ancestral lands. The Maleku will have free use of the land. The Costa Rican govt. gives legal residency to people investing a minimum $60,000 in the country, i.e. land, business, etc. A donor or 6 donors could buy this property and all receive permanent residence. The land will be for the Maleku 's permanent and free use but not abuse.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $1,385

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $1,385 .  The original project funding goal was $387,090.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Excel file (projdoc.xls).


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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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La Reserva Forest Foundation

Tilaran, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Project Leader

Matthew Lee

Project Leader
Tilaran, Guanacaste Costa Rica

Where is this project located?

Map of 38 Hectares of Valuable Resources for the Maleku