Projects Supported in 2009

  1. Costa Rican Rainforests

    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.

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  2. Energy Savings Fund for Low Income Housing, South Africa

    This project installs solar water heaters, compact fluorescent lighting, solar cookers, better fuels and electricity generation for several low income household communities in South Africa including Welbedacht (KwaZulu-Natal) , Kuyasa (Khayelitsha), and Cato Manor (Umuthi Mayche). These alternative energy supplies are more cost-effective, reduce grid-electricity consumption in the face of an unreliable, dirty energy supply, and decrease emission of greenhouse gases, while also improving the quality of life for residents.

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  3. Trees for Global Benefit, Uganda

    Trees for Global Benefit in Uganda brings opportunity for farmers and small-scale land holders to use their land in a sustainable but profitable manner by creating sustainable forestry and protecting the land for reforestation. Farmer income and technical training offered through the project allows the farmers to protect the land and pursue sustainable agriculture options rather than clear it for intensive farming. The project also encourages biodiversity preservation. Serving as a buffer zone around the Kyambura Wildlife Reserve and several neighboring forest preserves. It protects an extensive equatorial riverine forest, best noted for the resident chimpanzees and an incredibly diverse population of birds, mammals and butterflies.

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