Green Climate Bridge in Costa Rica
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Protecting lowland rainforest in Costa Rica
The lowland rainforests of Costa Rica are threatened by grazing and plantation management, poaching and logging. Naturefund, together with the Fundacion Universidad de Golfito, aims to acquire rainforest areas in order to protect and reforest this unique ecosystem and to create a green climate bridge between two important nature reserves in Costa Rica.
Green climate bridge in Costa Rica
Naturefund, in cooperation with the Fundacion Universidad de Golfito, is supporting the construction of a rainforest bridge in the south of Costa Rica, which will connect two globally important national parks.
The Corcovado National Park is located in the south of Costa Rica on the Osa Peninsula. Covering 42,469 hectares, it protects one of the last lowland rainforests in the world and provides habitat for numerous rare species such as jaguar, tapir and harpy. National Geographic describes this national park as a place with the highest biological intensity in the world. Only 80 km and about 2 hours drive away is Amistad National Park. It is the largest national park in Costa Rica and with its 570.000 ha it reaches all the way to Panama. In this protected area there are mountains, cloud forests and tropical rainforest, which provide habitat for rare species like the great ant-eater, the quetzal bird or one of the famous poison frogs.
Between these two national parks at a distance of 80 km there are still many forest remains, many of which are connected or not far apart. A green climate bridge between the Pacific coast and the highlands can thus decisively promote the exchange of species. Scientists recognized decades ago that connecting the two national parks could make a significant contribution to species exchange and conservation. So in 2002, a group of scientists from Golfito founded the Fundacion Universidad de Golfito, also known as ProSur.
In a first and big step we want to plant 100.000 trees and protect old jungle giants. In doing so, we want to buy remaining rain forest remnants and preserve them for the future. Likewise, we want to reforest open and unused pastures with the new reforestation method Dynamic Agroforestry and thus connect the forest residues.