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Costa Rican Rainforests

Offset Price: $12.00 per Ton
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Region: Costa Rica
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Through a nonprofit called FUNDECOR, nearly 100 square miles in the central volcanic mountain range of Costa Rica are being set aside for forest preservation. The project is part of a country-wide program stopping the destruction of the Costa Rican rain forest which has thus far recaptured 26 percent of the country's land-mass-to-forest cover, sequestering millions of tons of carbon. Most of these humid tropical rainforests are old-growth, or mature second-growth, and noted for their extreme diversity of species. Besides fighting global warming, the forests preserve priceless biodiversity, protect local aquifers and watersheds, and mitigate erosion.

This forest area is a buffer zone for three national parks, Braulio Carrillo, Volcan Irazú and Volcan Turrialba. Braulio Carrillo encompasses five "life zones" ranging from tropical wet to cloud forest, and provides a home for 600 identified species of trees, more than 500 species of birds, and 135 species of mammals, including howler and capuchin monkeys, tapirs, jaguars, pumas, ocelots, deer, pacas, raccoons, and peccaries.

The protected area is mostly hilly or mountainous, primarily rural, with a few small villages, extensive farmland, and with several areas already protected as private preserves or municipal watersheds. The remainder is available for this preservation project. To date, the program has benefited more than 7,000 small-to medium-scale land owners for the environmental services their property provides for watershed protection, scenic beauty, biodiversity conservation, and carbon sequestration. The program helps support the economic, climate, and spiritual value of intact forests versus forests cleared for cattle pasture or other purposes.

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  1. joan7334 posted on 04.01.12

    Invaluable information gained from a thorough reading of this post! I must say that if the rest of the content within this website matches what I read here, then I'm in store for an edifying experience.

  2. posted on 02.27.11

    I wish you all of the best with this project.

  3. saproplanet posted on 01.12.11

    The forest conservation and protection project. Ecological species support our bio diversity, promote medicinal products, and retain the beauty of the earth. I like the Costa Rica forest project. Rain Forests serve as instant carbon sinks. Grace.

  4. posted on 12.28.10

    Keep up the good job,that was a great idea.

  5. posted on 11.11.10

    hello, new here. ^_^

  6. posted on 11.09.10

    i like it so much.This program really helps to support the economic, climate, and spiritual value of intact forests versus forests cleared for cattle pasture or other purposes.It's a nice stuff.Thanks for sharing this informative post. http://padanagloves.com

  7. posted on 06.07.10

    Hi, This is really an awesome project.The idea of protecting Costa Rican Rainforests is good, i like it so much.This program really helps to support the economic, climate, and spiritual value of intact forests versus forests cleared for cattle pasture or other purposes.It's a nice stuff.Thanks for sharing this informative post.

  8. posted on 12.06.09

    This is awesome. That is the type of care we need on a more global scale. This actually reminded me that somewhere in Costa Rica I "own" a square foot or so of rain forest. It was a program by the WWF in the 80s where school kids could buy a piece of rain forest for preservation for just 5 dollars. I believe that program is still in place.

  9. Emett Stasiuk posted on 06.22.09

    I like this project, looks like a great price rate, and I really like that it's relatively close to home. So it seems like $/ton is a good number to look at to determine the affectiveness of the carbon mitigation of a project, but it must be hard calculate in the first place... can you explain the formula a bit? And how often is it re-visited, or is it continously updated? I really like the way this site makes offsetting seem natural, easy, and affordable. Thanks, I've linked to Climate Path from my website and you've got top billing on page 1... http://unpollute.ning.com ! (I just got the June update email, and that was really well done too, great work!)

  10. BirdGirl posted on 02.09.09

    I really love the idea of protecting these forests. Not only are they irreplaceable, but we are losing species to lack of habitat so quickly.

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Discuss This

  1. joan7334 posted on 04.01.12

    Invaluable information gained from a thorough reading of this post! I must say that if the rest of the content within this website matches what I read here, then I'm in store for an edifying experience.

  2. posted on 02.27.11

    I wish you all of the best with this project.

  3. saproplanet posted on 01.12.11

    The forest conservation and protection project. Ecological species support our bio diversity, promote medicinal products, and retain the beauty of the earth. I like the Costa Rica forest project. Rain Forests serve as instant carbon sinks. Grace.

  4. posted on 12.28.10

    Keep up the good job,that was a great idea.

  5. posted on 11.11.10

    hello, new here. ^_^

  6. posted on 11.09.10

    i like it so much.This program really helps to support the economic, climate, and spiritual value of intact forests versus forests cleared for cattle pasture or other purposes.It's a nice stuff.Thanks for sharing this informative post. http://padanagloves.com

  7. posted on 06.07.10

    Hi, This is really an awesome project.The idea of protecting Costa Rican Rainforests is good, i like it so much.This program really helps to support the economic, climate, and spiritual value of intact forests versus forests cleared for cattle pasture or other purposes.It's a nice stuff.Thanks for sharing this informative post.

  8. posted on 12.06.09

    This is awesome. That is the type of care we need on a more global scale. This actually reminded me that somewhere in Costa Rica I "own" a square foot or so of rain forest. It was a program by the WWF in the 80s where school kids could buy a piece of rain forest for preservation for just 5 dollars. I believe that program is still in place.

  9. Emett Stasiuk posted on 06.22.09

    I like this project, looks like a great price rate, and I really like that it's relatively close to home. So it seems like $/ton is a good number to look at to determine the affectiveness of the carbon mitigation of a project, but it must be hard calculate in the first place... can you explain the formula a bit? And how often is it re-visited, or is it continously updated? I really like the way this site makes offsetting seem natural, easy, and affordable. Thanks, I've linked to Climate Path from my website and you've got top billing on page 1... http://unpollute.ning.com ! (I just got the June update email, and that was really well done too, great work!)

  10. BirdGirl posted on 02.09.09

    I really love the idea of protecting these forests. Not only are they irreplaceable, but we are losing species to lack of habitat so quickly.

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