Thanks to your generosity the “Preserving El Farallon Natl. Monument” forest preservation project was funded this past August. Many employees from Eli Lilly donated during the last month, really amazing.
Last week, after we received the final disbursement from GlobalGiving for this project we called the Lopez family to let them know it was time to come sign the contract and receive their check for payments for environmental services (PES) to preserve the 48 hectares of forest for the next year. They said that there was a problem with the 40 hectare piece but that they would explain when they came to La Reserva. Sounded quite ominous.
They explained that since we wrote up the project in June 2010 and the time it was funded by you in August 2011, the national forestry program, FONAFIFO agreed to pay them PES’s over the next 5 years for water incrementation on the 40 hectare forest. That left the 8 hectare regenerated piece to preserve. The funds were very much over and above what was needed to pay them for that.
A light bulb went off in my head!! After calculating I realized we had enough funding to pay the Lopez’s PES’s on the 8 hectare regenerated forest for the next 5 years. They agreed, happily, signed the contract and received their first annual payment of $522.00.
The project turned out a little different than we thought but the 40 hectares are being preserved over the next 5 years and through our support so are the other 8. This eight hectares of forest will absorb and store approximately 600 metric tonnes of CO2 during that time.
More good news, the Lopez’s want to do a forest restoration project with LRFF on their property. From the public road their personal road passes through all of the farm and this is how we arrive at their beautiful, typical home. They are planning to build a new house up at the public road and want to plant native forest on both sides of the old road through the farm, more than 1 kilometer. I explained how the project works with the Maleku people, the landowners create the nurseries, let the trees develop for 4 – 6 months and at planting time LRFF buys them for .50/tree. Gisella’s father loves to grow trees she explained and would love the opportunity to create and care for the nursery. This is the PES we pay the landowner on these projects and it is equal to paying $100/ha/year but they receive it up front all at once. The other beautiful benefit is the great appreciation the nursery gives the community of seeing the forest return.
Thank you again for your great generosity. Watch for the Lopez’s reforestation project on GlobalGiving soon.
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