OUR GOAL: 2000 trees for the biological corridor
Costa Rica is known for its huge biodiversity. Although Costa Rica has many national parks, monocultures, waste and cattle farming are often found outside of these protected areas. To preserve this unique diversity it is crucial that the national parks don’t become isolated.
Many species, for example the Scarlet Macaw, depend on getting from one type of forest to another. They breed in the mangroves and feed in the rainforest. If one of those areas disappears so will the Scarlet Macaw.
That is why we plant trees in the grassland areas in order to create a connection between the different forests: a biological corridor.
WHO ARE WE?
We are a group of young people from Germany who are doing voluntary work in different environmental projects throughout Costa Rica. Our organisation is ProRegenwald which is based in Munich, Germany.
WHERE ARE WE PLANTING?
Near the small village El Sur at the south-east of the Carrara national park in Costa Rica. Within 20 kilometres you can find all of the important types of forests: mangroves, deciduous forest, rain and dry forest and cloud forest.
WHAT ARE WE PLANTING?
We will plant different types of domestic trees. Many of which are rare due to logging and overuse of farming space. They only grow under certain ecological circumstances, so it is hard for them to grow back but they are absolutely essential in order to maintain the natural balance of the forest.
- Cristóbal Negro (Platymiscium pinnatum): It is one of the giant rainforest trees. It offers shade for other tree species and therefore creates its own ‘microclimate’. Furthermore it provides habitat to different mushroom and animal species, for example insects, lianas and epiphytes.
- Jenipapo-tree/Guaitil (Genipa americana): In the traditional Paraguayan medicine it is said to have disinfecting, laxative, purifying and antirheumatic effects. The indigenous people extract dyes from the unripe fruits which they use to dye themselves and their clothes in dark-blue.
- Spanish Ceder (Cedrela odorata): Because of continuous logging this tres was put on the red list of the IUCN of endangered species.
- Espavel (Anacardium excelsum), Roble sabana (Tabebuia rosea), Surá verde (Terminalia oblonga vr), Cocobola (Dalbergia retusa) Jabillo (Ura crepitans), Coaba real (Switaenia macrophilla), und Campano (Alchorneopsis floribunda).
HOW DOES A DONATION HELP?
A financial donation allows us to buy, transport and care for the trees once they are planted.
EVERY TREE COUNTS!
That’s how this unique ecosystem can be preserved!