For The Monkeys

Project Summary

The project is located in two different areas of Upala, Costa Rica. The first project area is located around 5km north-east of Upala center and has an area size of 4 hectares and the second project area has an area size of 2 hectares. The project will consist of reforesting a 10 meter-wide buffer zone that is connected to an isolated forest patch, along the Guacalito River. Three different monkey species were spotted on this forest patch, the white-faced monkeys, howler monkeys and spider monkeys.  

The Problem

Between the years 1961 and 1992 the northern zone of Costa Rica lost over 90% of its tropical, humid forests. The lands were deforested for cattle farming and cultivation of crops. Vulnerable locations are rivers and creeks. Water contamination by herbicides and pesticides cause a considerable amount of damage to flora and fauna that directly and indirectly depends on creeks and rivers. The lack of knowledge on organic farming, reforestation and mitigating climate change needs to be improved.

The Solution

Creating buffer zones along creeks and rivers is of high importance for the protection of these vulnerable waterways. Creating a native forest around a pond and close to a creek will greatly increase the local biodiversity. Many local people and students will learn a great deal about reforestation and organic farming, which is becoming an important issue not only in tropical countries, but all over the world. This project will only reforest a small area, but it will have a high impact on educational goals. It will also improve and increase the amount of organic food the ranch can use and grow. Every bit of reforested area will help to mitigate climate change, which we should act upon now.

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White-­faced monkeys, one of the three different monkey species spotted in the project area.

Elias Cruz, the property owner, showing the areas to be reforested

Another area to be planted.

Native Trees

Meters

Days of Planting & Maintenance

Total Cost

Potential Long-Term Impact:

Safety For Fauna

Once a decent canopy has been created, fauna will feel safe to travel and migrate along the corridor.

Opportunity to connect future cooridors

In the future, other projects could expand the corridor even more, connecting them to other isolated forest patches.

Financial Benefits for Future Conservation

The landowner will be able to receive payments for environmental services such as carbon sequestration. The financial benefits will protect and conserve the forest and will reduce the risk of it being deforested.

 

Cost Breakdown

 

  • 6000 Trees 19%
  • 4200 Meters of Land 13%
  • 8 Workers for 15 days of Planting 15%
  • 2 Trips 1%
  • 8 Workers for 10 More Days of Planting 10%
  • 8 Maintenance Cleanings 26%
  • 10 Inspections 3%
  • 10 Days Transportation 3%
  • Operation Costs 10%

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