The nursery monitoring process was carried out by ULI Chomes, and tooked place from July 27 to October 26, 2016 (for a total of 11 weeks). The monitoring process was done once a week, where the growth of the seedlings (species, state, number of leaves and length of the seedling) was recorded in a logbook, facilitated by the Neotropical Foundation.
On October 7, 2016, the first day of reforestation was held; it was possible to plant 780 seedlings in the previously identified reforestation plots. A total of 24 people (14 women and 10 men) participated, including students from the school, volunteers, staff members of the Neotropical Foundation, and members of the ULI. This information is detailed below:- Staff from the Neotropicql Foundation: 4 persons (3 women and 1 man)- Volunteers: 7 persons (2 women and 5 men)- Children from the Nora Maria Quesada School: 7 persons (5 women and 2 men)- Members of the ULI Chomes: 6 persons (4 women and 2 men).
On this day, the children who participated in the Environmental Education Program planted the mangrove seedlings that they nursed for several months in the nursery of the School.
Thanks to the local people, we built two new “Nursery gardens” for reforesting the mangroves in the South Pacific Coast of Costa Rica.
The first day we cut a lot of bamboo in special sizes to build the “bed” for the mangroves. The local people helped us a lot. In the end of the day we brought the bamboo to the coast where the mangroves will grow from now on. It’s very important that the local people are part of the reforesting because we want to show, that everybody can do something for our nature.
The next day we searched and found a lot of mangrove seeds. Later we put them in little bags of mud and then planted them in the “Nursery Garden” where they can grow without getting destroyed by the ocean.
Through this work we created a new habitat for a lot of fishes, birds and crabs. This will increase the quality of living for the costal communities and will improve our nature.
Environmental education is one of the main activities in our project to take care of the mangroves in the Pacific of Costa Rica. This month has started full of energy in the “Osa Peninsula” thanks to our work with children from local schools.
In just a couple of weeks, we have given workshops in two schools in the South Pacific: The Association for Educational and Cultural Development of Osa (Corcovado School in Puerto Jimenez) and “El Campo” School in “Rincon” Community. In these activities the students learned about the importance of mangroves and they discovered environmental values.
In addition, our field station “Willie Alvaro Trejos” has received a very special visit. The kids from "Corcovado School" and their teachers came to visit us so we could show them more about nature. During a walk on our trail "Heliconia" they explored the environment around us.
The musical workshop of our colleague Luis can’t be missed because it is one of the activities that kids enjoy the most. It's a lot of fun to produce sounds from reused material. We mainly use plastic bottles that are recuperated from waste and we transform them into drums.
What do you think? Do you believe that environmental education is important? If so, with your donation we can keep it up.
Mangrove reforestation is a complex process and a very difficult challenge, especially with the current variations of climate change.
After planting, the seedlings may die for many reasons such as sedimentation, erosion, high tides, predators and high water temperatures. This is the reason why it is necessary after planting, to do monitoring in order to replace seedlings that fail to survive during the first three months. This is what we call "replanting".
Last month we made the second monitoring visit of 2015 in Conte and Colibri Beach in "Golfo Dulce", South Pacific of Costa Rica. We record, thanks to replanting, 174 alive seedlings which reach a height of 160 centimeters!!! In the picture you can see that seedlings are already as tall as Luis Carlos, our technical field. This makes us really happy and motivates us to continue working.
The past 03th and October 4th, we got together members of Fishermen Associations (ASOPEZ and APREMAA) from Costa Rica's South Pacific to share experiencies in community mangrove conservation. The activity was also attended by members of other national groups such as SINAC (National System for Conservation Areas), UCR (University of Costa Rica) and INAMU (National Institute for Women).
We also organized a day of reforestation of 200 trees of red mangrove (Rhizophora mangle) in "Sierpe National Wetland". About 30 people attended to this exciting activity, including children from "Ajuntaderas School". Although it was very hot, we enjoyed the experience and were satisfied with the work. Nothing better than mud up to the face!!!
Thanks to your support, we can keep working to help locals care for 10.000 mangroves.
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