Thanks to all of you and your amazing generosity this project is now fully funded!
LRFF paid Mariano a check last December for the donations received to date. His wife, Alba, had just passed away and he needed funds to pay for her burial and memorial service. Now we are able to pay him the balance of donations to the project and......
Put his project up again as a carbon offset project. For every donation of $60 the donor is offsetting 20 tons of CO2 annually, the per capita average in the United States. Giving back to our Mother Earth ensures a future of her giving back to future generations.
Thank you again and look for more photos I will post soon of the happy pay day. :)
I’ve known Mariano and Alba for almost 30 years now, from the first days after we arrived in the Tilarán area. They were a young couple in love and the most memorable thing I remember about them from those days was what a great dance couple they were. I would watch them at the local dances, whirling with feet entwined, never stepping on each others' feet doing the cumbia or salsa.
Later they married after a very long courtship. Mariano is an expert horseman as well, training the local horses so that their owners can ride them in the popular horse parades, called “topes” in Costa Rica.
Mariano and Alba live near the San Luis forest that they care for and preserve for the wildlife and ALL life on Earth, providing habitat and CO2 emission sequestration. They have their cattle pastures next to the forest and after receiving the funds from you to pay them one year’s worth of payments for environmental service an amazing thing began to happen. The White-faced (Capuchin) Monkey began being spotted in the forest along with many different bird and butterfly species. The White-faced Monkey had all but disappeared until then.
It just goes to show you how good intentions connect around the world to bring health and abundance. Rather than seeing what we don’t have let’s always look at what we do have, because we always have everything we need in every moment.
Not much more needed to finish the funding for this amazing project and be able to pay Mariano and Alba for one more year of conservation. It is an outstanding forest, in many ways. It is the only forest in the area along the banks of Lake Arenal and it is an outstanding habitat seeing the return of many species locals thought were lost.
As a newcomer to the Lake Arenal area of Costa Rica, I can certainly vouch for the area's beauty. The setting of the lake high in a valley, surrounded by magnificent volcanic cones is something to behold. But the rich forests of Tenorio volcano belie what is severely lacking from the rest of the area in favor of cattle ranching. Costa Rica's biodiversity is famous the world over, but it is thanks to guardians of the forest like the Arias family that Costa Rica's reputation continues to be deserved.
With La Reserva's committed approach to conservation and the generous donors who support our projects, Mariano's family can continue to keep the forest on his property, as his father and grandfather did before him. With the payments for environmental services he receives, Mariano and Alba can provide a better life for the family as well as the animals and birds that flourish on his land. This is why La Reserva projects are so valuable - they contribute to human and natural prosperity.
We would like to draw attention to a new and easy to use feature on our site. You can now calculate your carbon footprint on the LRFF website and purchase offsets in just a few clicks. Your offsets go directly to our projects, so what are you waiting for? Let's do our bit just as Mariano and his family are doing. Pass the link below on and let's heal the planet together.
In February of 2011 La Reserva was able to pay the Monge family one years worth of environmental services as a result of your most valued support for this project. We need only $500 more to pay them for their continued service tin 2012.
Despite the constant struggle with developers, financial and personal hardships the family continues to protect this 14 ha forest that would otherwise be destroyed. By protecting these native trees they are protecting the areas biodiversity and providing a safe environment for the multitude of animals and plants that live there. Recently they have seen the return of the White Faced Monkey who had previously disappeared entirely from the region.
Their efforts not only protect lives in and around the forest but the lives of all of us, as their 14 hectares absorb over 210 tonnes of dangerous CO2 every year. This and other conservation projects are vital in the fight to restore the earth’s natural balance and in counteracting the harmful effects of the world’s ever growing carbon emissions.
Do you know how much carbon you and your family emit every year? Have you ever thought about how you could cancel those emissions out? On the LRFF website you can now work out your average emissions using the guide and link provided below. Why not use our carbon calculator to find out how much carbon your lifestyle produces and consider offsetting it with LRFF. It’s probably more than you think!
We only need another $139 to fund this project and pay the Monge’s their payments for environmental services this year.
A great new opportunity has presented itself. We’ve had a 7000+ hectare existing forest project developed for the carbon market since 2008. Mariano Monge is a participant in this project but we’ve been unable to bring it to market and provide PES’s to the landowners. This is why the Save San Luis forest project was offered to private donors to help the Monge family along.
Recently we’ve received much interest from a new carbon company in London concerning the project. A verifier will arrive in Costa Rica the end of May to evaluate the project. From there we will have a concrete idea of the average CO2 sequestration across all of the project and a firm price to offer the landowners. Wish us all luck because it is a long drawn out process and will take some time but will provide an income for 30 to 40 years for these landowners who have conserved their forests for generations.
In the meantime we only need $139 to help the Monge’s this year. We did it last year, we can do it again this year.
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