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Festival RAFA 2022

Festival RAFA 2022 Unites Community for Pacuare River Basin Conservation

In honor of Earth Day (April 22) and World Fish Migration Day (May 21), the Rivers and Forests Alliance held our first Festival RAFA 2022 for Conservation of the Pacuare River Basin, from April 22 to 24. The event was a huge success, from the Conservation Summit on Friday the 22nd, to a day of …

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First RAFA charity auction fundraiser a success!

We launched our first charity auction fundraiser – RAFAuction – from March 21 to April 1, 2022, receiving $7,067 in donations. We received $5,597 in bids for adventure trips and raised $1,470 from direct contributions. Thanks to everyone who supported our three projects for conservation, sport, and peace. Forty percent of monies received helped fund the first …

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Historic Costa Rica River Protection Law Signed to Restore the Sarapiqui River Basin

The Sarapiquí River has become Costa Rica’s first river to be protected by a law of the Republic after the “Law for the Advancement of the Sustainable Development of the Sarapiquí River Basin and the Protection of its Main Channel” was signed into effect on March 31, 2022. The law provides environmental protection for 25 …

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RAFA announces our first charity auction fundraiser – RAFAuction

The Rivers and Forests Alliance (RAFA) team is thrilled to announce our first charity auction fundraiser – RAFAuction – from March 21 to April 1, 2022. RAFAuction specifically supports three conservation, sport, and peace projects created by RAFA’s namesake founder Rafael (Rafa) Gallo. During the 35 years he operated his award-winning Rios Tropicales adventure company …

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Another 1,000 trees planted to reforest the Pacuare river basin

On a beautiful, sunny day at Finca San Martin in Tres Equis, 88 volunteers enthusiastically planted 1,000 trees to help reforest the Pacuare river basin. The Feb. 5 tree planting was sponsored by U.S. company Echo Breeze Entertainment LLC to help offset their carbon emissions from filming an adventure reality show in Costa Rica in …

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RAFA sponsors Costa Rica Youth Rafting Team

The Rivers and Forests Alliance (RAFA) is proud to sponsor the Costa Rica Youth Rafting Team, carrying forward Rafael Gallo’s legacy of rafting for conservation. “We chose to sponsor the Costa Rica Youth Rafting Team because they are a pivotal part of the community in the Pacuare region. They are the next generation of rafting …

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Rafa Gallo’s legacy lives on in Colombian Rafting for Peace Festival

In November, RAFA Co-director and board President Roberto Gallo, Vice President Alejandra Jiménez, and several more RAFA board members, traveled to Colombia for the Second Festival of Rafting for Peace in honor of Rafael Gallo. The event was held from November 5 to 7 in Miravalle, a village in San Vicente del Caguán, Caquetá, in …

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RAFA Plans Carbon Offset Tree Planting for February 2022

We’ve received our first formal request at the Rivers and Forests Alliance to do a carbon offset reforestation campaign! A U.S. company filming an adventure show recently in Costa Rica contacted RAFA to help them offset the carbon emissions of their activities. RAFA will plant 1,000 trees on Feb. 5, 2022, with native species trees …

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Scientific Studies Proposed for Pacuare Watershed in 2022

Comprehensive water quality monitoring, a detailed atlas, and a community environmental education program are scientific studies in the Pacuare watershed proposed to the Rivers and Forests Alliance (RAFA) for 2022. Earlier this year, RAFA partnered with the Costa Rica National Alliance for Rivers and Watersheds (ANRCCR) to create the Scientific-Technical Commission for Scientific Research and …

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Forest planted in honor of Rafael Gallo

Reforestation project adds close to 1,000 trees to expand Pacuare River conservation A forest of nearly 1,000 trees has been planted in Rafael “Rafa” Gallo’s name to commemorate his conservation work for over 35 years to restore the rainforest in Costa Rica’s Pacuare River Valley. Seventy-five volunteers gathered on October 9, 2021, at the Gallo-Jimenez …

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