Rio Sol Bio Corridor, Maleku Reserve, Costa Rica

by La Reserva Forest Foundation Project of the Month Site Visit Verified


In January 2012 we finished planting the last trees in a 10 - 15m. wide biological corridor along the Rio Sol. This native forest restores the flora and fauna the Maleku tribe depend upon for a full life. We are now maintaining the baby trees which is vital for their survival. Due to their fast growth and the maintenance up until now we only have 3 months of maintenance left on this project.

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LRFF & the Maleku planted 35,000 trees along the Rio Sol, creating a continuous biological corridor for many kilometers. Thanks to etnies who purchased the trees from the Maleku, you generous donors at Global Giving and LRFF's donations from the winnings of the Ford Focus video contest WE DID IT!! We've continued maintenance of the corridor for 1 year but have 3 months of maintenance remaining. Without it the trees will be overtaken by native grasses and vines and can't survive.


This edited project and your donations will insure that the 35,000 trees survive. The survival of the tree corridor means a restoration of the native forest that used to cover the banks of the Rio Sol. Subsequently, the Maleku recuperate their original forests, the resources their culture depends upon for survival and increased habitat for the resident wildlife waiting for the forest to return.

Long-Term Impact

This newly planted corridor connects approximately 10 km of forest along Rio Sol. The 35,000 trees, after 5 yrs. old will remove about 700 tonnes of CO2/yr from the Earth's atmosphere, the Maleku will potentially earn payments for environmental services for community development, employment for the maintenance crew, erosion prevention and increased habitat for the native flora and fauna.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


Planting the 1st stage of Rio Sol Corridor
Maleku Nurseries
Second stage planting of Rio Sol Corridor
Finishing planting Rio Sol corridor

Organization Information

La Reserva Forest Foundation

Location: Tilaran, Guanacaste - Costa Rica
Website: http:/​/​
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Twitter: @LaReservaCR
La Reserva Forest Foundation
Matthew Lee
Project Leader:
Matthew Lee
Project Leader
Tilaran, Guanacaste Costa Rica

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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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