An ideal partner country to offset CO2
A Logical choice
The Netherlands is prosperous and overpopulated,
Costa Rica is rich in space and biodiversity.
Working together gives optimal results!
Scientific research shows that bio-diverse jungle is by far the 'champion in CO₂ absorption'; trees grow much faster in a tropical climate and bio-diversity ensures continuous renewal of the forest, so that the CO₂ absorption remains constant.
In addition, the costs of creating forest in Costa Rica are substantially lower and the yield of CO₂ reduction per m² is much higher. This makes Costa Rica a logical choice for preserving existing jungle and reforesting pastureland and palm oil plantations.
Costa Rica is the narrow link between North and South America. This land is used by many animals to migrate through. That is why it makes sense on a global level to protect nature in Costa Rica.
The Netherlands can use this project in Costa Rica to give concrete form to its own CO₂ reduction plan.
NFF Visiting Location
The NFF homebase is located in South Western Costa Rica (Osa) on the main road between Panama and Nicaragua. This makes accessibility optimal, even in the rainy season.
History of Costa Rica
Until the Second World War, Costa Rica consisted almost entirely of rainforest. After that, almost all the forest was cut down to make way for pastureland, fruit and palm oil plantations.
In recent decades, many beautiful forest areas have been realized through various initiatives, supporting legislation and subsidies. Costa Rica is proud of this!
The founders of NFF have purchased a plot of land close to the Piedras Blancas National Park with their own funds. This land previously served as a fruit plantation and cow farm and consists of 83 hectares (61 ha of forest and woodland and 22 ha of pasture). This is now our home base where we have built 2 houses and a guesthouse. And also our pilot project where more than 2000 trees have already been planted.
Because the members of the executive board live here, interested parties, scientists and volunteers can easily be received, use our guesthouse and get a tour of our various projects.
In this way we ensure that the donations are used optimally and that our projects are thoroughly monitored.
For a healthy ecosystem it is necessary to connect important forest reserves.
The Costa Rican government, in collaboration with international experts, has identified where corridors are desirable.
One of the corridor projects to be realized is AMISTOSA. This area stretches from the world-famous Corcovado National park on the Osa Peninsula to the sprawling La Amistad International Park. This corridor, totaling approximately 100,000 hectares (200,000 soccer fields), when completed, will connect three national parks (Corcovado, Piedras Blancas and La Amistad).
Nature For Future would like to make a substantial contribution to this!
These animals have been spotted in the areas that we protect
Costa Rico is home to more than 500,000* species of animals.
This makes the country one of the top species diversity in the world.
While animal species are becoming extinct every day worldwide, fortunately new species are also still being discovered in Costa Rica!
This project shows that by working together worldwide we can efficiently tackle the solution to the CO2 problem!
Hopefully this will also inspire other countries to start their own 'Nature for Future' projects!