A Challenge For Us and From Us
La Reserva Forest Foundation has been presented with a report which suggests a challenge to all of us: how to make feasible a Carbon-Offset Program for Private Landowners and Indigenous Communities in Costa Rica, for the many benefits this would bring to all the parties involved.
This report was presented in April 2013 by Jorn Dallinga, a 4th Year Tropical Forestry Student at Van Hall Larenstein, University of Applied Science, part of Wageningen University in The Netherlands.
Jorn Dallinga’s report is here: The Feasibility of a Carbon-Offset Program for Private Landowners and Indigenous Communities in Costa Rica
Jorn spent almost six months of 2012 working as an intern at La Reserva Forest Foundation, Costa Rica, as part of his tropical forestry studies. His write-up of his internship is here.
Jorn’s feasibility report is a “proposal written to provide an idea of what elements are included and what steps are required to perform a reliable feasibility study and a carbon-offset project proposal. It is created for the La Reserva Forest Foundation (LRFF), an NGO that attempts to start a carbon-offset project beneficial for private landowners and indigenous communities located in Costa Rica, Latin America. This project proposal is the first step towards a feasibility study, a study commonly performed to indicate the reliability of a project and to show if it is realistic. Some elements required for a feasibility study are already elaborated in this project proposal, making it more reliable and informative for project proponents.”
Jorn has calculated that the cost of a feasibility study for this particular project, which involves the reforestation of 7000 hectares (17,300 acres) of forest in the vicinity of La Reserva Forest Foundation Costa Rica, would be US$15,500 (Fifteen thousand, five hundred U.S. dollars).
Jorn’s report has been appraised by Marco Otárola, M.Sc. in Environmental Economics and his colleague Federico Alice, Forester and M.Sc. in Carbon Management, both at the Sustainable Forest Management Research Institute, University of Valladolid – INIA, Palencia, Spain. They have offered to carry out this feasibility study for La Reserva, for US$15,000.
Marcos’s letter of offer, translated from Spanish, is here.
His original letter, in Spanish, is here.
LRFF now wishes to accept his offer but doesn’t have that kind of money. So, can you help us?
Do you have a business which would benefit from funding this feasibility study and share in the high profile publicity that would come from the project to reforest 7,000 hectares (17,300 acres) of land to recover the tropical rainforest? Alone, the funding of the feasibility study would result in considerable publicity by LRFF for your company exclusively.
This is the challenge we are faced with, and we can’t meet it alone. Can you help us?