What Friends does with your contribution:
• Protect the ecological integrity of the
Monteverde Cloudforest Preserve, by collaborating with the Tropical
Science Center, the nonprofit organization that manages the Preserve,
and by helping to purchase key pieces of forest habitat on the
• Ensure a harmonious relationship with
Preserve neighbours, by helping the community plan a future that
provides quality existence for people and wildlife.
In this section
• The Monteverde-Gulf
of Nicoya Biological Corridor
• Environmental Education
• San Luis Community Paper
• Monteverde Waste Recycling
HELP FRIENDS PURCHASE A KEY PIECE OF
THE MONTEVERDE-GULF OF NICOYA BIOLOGICAL
| FRIENDS makes
down-payment on Key Piece of Land
We need your help to purchase a key piece in the Monteverde-Gulf
of Nicoya Biological Corridor, where a member of Friends recently
made a down payment of -- $10-thousand dollars, for the purchase
of a half-forested farm (approximately 100 hectares) that
will facilitate altitudinal migrations between the Monteverde
Preserve and the Pacific Coast.
We need to raise $ 80-thousand before
the first half of 2006, to finish paying for this land and
place it under the management of the TSC.
Our Goal is to protect and promote the natural growth of forested
areas and other natural ecosystems in the designated corridor,
so that wildlife species in the region can migrate along altitudinal
gradients between the Tilarán Mt. Range and the Coast, in
response to their subsistence needs.
WHAT IS THE MONTEVERDE- NICOYA BIOLOGICAL CORRIDOR…?
• The Monteverde-Gulf of Nicoya Biological Corridor was
started in 1990 when different studies concluded that several
animal species, among them the Resplendent Quetzal, required migrating
temporally in search of food and shelter from the well-protected
cloud forests of the Monteverde Preserve downwards to the unprotected
patches of forests in the lowlands of the Pacific Coast.
• In an effort to provide the natural conditions required
for such altitudinal migrations by forest dependent species in
the region, the Tropical Science Center scientifically designed
an ecological corridor connecting forested areas, secondary forests,
pastures and fluvial systems, joining the Preserve to the Coast.
Since then it has become clearer that biological corridors can
dramatically increase the viability of an area´s species
• The Land Purchasing Program: In the last 10 years with
the help of donors from the United States and Europe, the TSC
has been able to purchase 4 key properties in the Corridor. One
of them became the San Luis Biological Station, 240 hectares located
in the center of the Corridor, purchased with the help of the
German Foundation Deutsches Tierhilfwerk e.V. At the time of purchase
it had 40% forest cover; presently it has 98%.
• Programs that Support the Corridor: The Monteverde Corridor
is becoming established through a number of initiatives designed
to support its development, which include:
Program: it is necessary to purchase key pieces of land in
the Corridor, to assure its basic integration;
in area schools by staff of the Monteverde Preserve to assure
the continuity of these efforts;
production initiatives, such as a Paper Recycling Project
in San Luis, which provide substitute income to communities.
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Environmental Education Program.
of children educated…
The Monteverde Cloudforest Preserve has been reaching out to
thousands of children in the area with environmental education
for more than 15 years. Our programs try to provide school children
with a practical understanding of how forests work, especially
cloudforests in the area, and how to manage natural resources
so that they continue to serve future generations.
Two specialists, Mercedes Díaz and Sarah Burbank visit
the 4th, 5th and 6th grades of 6 elementary schools regularly
– once a month, with sessions all day. “Despite our
experience and innovative methodology, which includes the Traveling
Box Educational Kit, the demand exceeds our capacity”, states
Mercedes, program director.
Our Goal: 23 Schools in the area
Our goal now is to include all 23 schools in the Monteverde region
and the Biological Corridor San Luis-Gulf of Nicoya, where hundreds
of species of fauna and flora are increasingly threatened by deforestation
and intensive cattle ranching.
How can we reach out to provide more education?..., when
already we are stretched to the limit?
a.) Budgetary needs include a vehicle for the program in order
to reach the more distant schools throughout this mountainous
region of Monteverde.
b.) We hope to increase to four environmental educators.
If you would like to help finance our efforts to educate the
children of MV and the Biological Corridor, to help protect the
fragile ecosystems in and around the cloud forests and the natural
resources on which their communities depend, you may want to contribute
towards our program goal: we are working to raise $ 44,000.
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San Luis Community Paper Recycling Project.
A group of women in the community of San Luis,
neighbor to Monteverde, started one of the first and most successful
community efforts, the San Luis Paper Recycling Project, with
the help of the Monteverde Preserve and the Tropical Science Center.
The project is a creative response by San Luis,
to the urgent need to deal with waste products which for years
have been deposited in the region´s watersheds, buried in
the forests or burnt to the sky.
It also provides a supplementary source of income
to at least 12 persons in the community, primarily headed by women,
who are chronically faced with conditions of poverty.
Presently 11 women and 1 men collect paper from
schools, stores and hotels in the area and turn it into a diversity
of paper products, applying locally developed artisan technology.
So far, over 10 tons of waste paper have produced more than 20,000
hand bags, decorated with symbols of the flora and fauna of the
region. Other recycled paper articles which are showing up more
and more in the local tourist stores are greeting cards and notebooks.
This project got underway with start-up funds from the TSC and
technical assistance, by way of building most of the workshop
and equipment, and a $20 thousand donation from the Small Grants
Fund of the United Nations Development Programme.
WE NEED MORE SUSTAINABLE PROJECTS LIKE SAN LUIS…
This project is now economically sustainable and the TSC would
like to develop similar ones in other communities to deal with
waste and provide income improvement for the less fortunate in
YOU CON HELP! Our goal is $20,000. yearly
for community projects.
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Monteverde Waste Recycling Program.
As part of its mission to educate for the proper management
of natural resources, the TSC supports sustainable development
community projects in communities where protected areas are located.
The Waste Collection Program is one of those community projects
that responds to a clearly identified problem with a high potential
for environmental education and comunity-wide participation.
78 Tons of Waste
Established in 1996 by the TSC and the Monteverde Community,
by 2003 the Recycling program had collected 78 tons of waste recyclable
materials, primarily from the communities surrounding the Preserve.
Such effort yielded further results this year when the Municipal
Council bought a piece of land (approximately 2,000 ft²)
to locate a proposed waste collection center (cost: $20 thousand
dollars) for classification and compaction of thrash.
As awareness increases concerning the impact of thrash and other
forms of contamination on the environment, The Waste Recycling
Program becomes more of a community affair. Presently, the Monteverde
High School students volunteer their time to collect and separate
waste on the land bought by the municipality, and the Monteverde
Preserve provides transportation. As the municipal council becomes
better established, it expects to buy thrash collecters and trucks.
Presently, this project needs funds to pay for the waste collection
center and thrash collection for 1 year. Waste collection
Center: $20,000; Collection: $5,000.
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