The approach

SERVING MANY GOALS AT THE SAME TIME​

Smart reforestation

Ensuring sustainability, optimal CO2 absorption and minimal costs. 

How do we do that?

  • picking a place where forest grows quickly (tropics)
  • planting biodiverse forests for optimal CO2 absorption
  • utilizing the knowledge of local specialists 
  • connecting nature reserves
  • taking advantage of favorable legislation 
  • our board lives on site and supervises the project 24/7 
  • involving and educating the local community
  • reforestation with the help of specialists and volunteers 
  • selectively collect and grow seeds ourselves

Cooperation

Many partners are needed to realize a large nature reserve. In contact with the government, we attune our plans to the local wishes for nature conservation and reforestation.

Together with our network of specialists, we determine the most suitable reforestation method for each situation. We ensure that local residents understand the importance and can participate.

With a combination of specialists and volunteers, we plant trees and monitor the growth of the forest and the number of animals that are spotted. 

Awareness and education

For a sustainable result of this major project, it is crucial to involve the local population.

Lilly Briggs is a specialist in the field of ecology and nature education, including for children. With her help we increase the chance of local support. 

3 Facilitating Factors

Our own nursery

We have our own tree nursery for tree species that are threatened with extinction. We exchange the seeds from our own forests with local organizations.

This way we can grow ± 10.000 new trees every year.
After 1-2 years, these seedlings are big enough to plant.

Polycultures

We participate in the transformation of monocultures (meadow and palm oil plantations) into polycultures.

In addition to a more stable income for farmers, the richer diversity provides more nature development in the plantations, making it more attractive for wildlife to pass through.

Taking advantage of legislation

In Costa Rica is het kappen zonder vergunning verboden. Daarnaast zijn er subsidie regelingen om aanplanten en beschermen van bos te stimuleren. Wettelijk moet er een strook natuur van 15 meter aan weerszijden van rivieren in tact blijven. Daar waar boeren deze strook niet hebben, helpen we met herplanten.

Base camp

The founders of NFF have purchased 83 hectares (61 hectares of forest and woodland and 22 hectares of pastureland) from their own capital and built 2 houses and a guesthouse.

Because the members of the executive board live here, interested parties and volunteers can easily be received and taught about the various projects.

This way we ensure that the donations are optimally used and that the projects are properly monitored.

Our terrain as showcase

Base camp NFF is a 'testing ground' for various reforestation methods.

A network of specialists evaluates the effectiveness.

Below we listed the different methods:

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1. Pioneer species

In open areas, strong and fast-growing trees were first planted that themselves do not need shade to survive in the tropical sun. After a few years we plant the rare and slow growing trees.

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2. Along the forest edges

In areas where 'support forest' was already present, we planted trees that can grow successfully with partial shade. 

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3. preparation of an "ecoduct"

We also use our forest as a 'decoy forest' to a safe crossing point for wild animals. We have planted trees for this that provide a lot of food. While these trees are growing, we are taking care of the permits for an ecoduct.

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4. letting nature restore itself

We allow areas that are already bordered by existing forest to grow in a natural way. If necessary, we will also substitute these areas with rare species in the future. This is the least labour-intensive method.

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5. support species

We support trees that need better soil quality and nutrition by planting varieties such as Mexican sunflower around them. Supplemented with home-made compost, fertilizer is unnecessary.

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6. Erosion
Where erosion has occurred, we have planted special trees and 'Vertiver grass'. The strong and deep root system anchors the soil and prevents landslides.

Timeline

'A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality'.
John Lennon

preparation

  • First phase 2007-2019

    The founders of NFF go to Costa Rica for the first time. Then 2 months of volunteer work every year; build up knowledge and specialist network.

  • First project CR 2015

    The first project started with lots of enthusiasm. It failed, but we learned a lot.

  • Newfound courage, big plans 2018

    The name is adapted from "Naturica" to "Nature for Future".


Realization

  • Aankoop eerste 83 hectare 2019

    Construction plans for 3 houses and a professional workshop finalized.

  • Start construction 2020

    Construction of the first house is started and completed. The other buildings follow soon.

  • Emigratie / start herbebossing 2021

    Completion of construction / emigration/ Planting of the first 1800 bomen!

Future

  • Purchase of various plots 2022

    Purchase areas around our homebase

  • Build ecoduct 2023

    Creating a safe crossing for wildlife

  • Purchase land & Create Corridor 23-31

    10 years of sensible reforestation and conservation

  • Corridor is a fact! 2031

    The jaguars and other wild animals cross safely!

  • Protect and plant forests for the future 2031

    Determine and realize a new corridor