Shannon Farley

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Historic ATTA Carbon-neutral Forest is Flourishing

Six years after the historic event of planting 5,000 trees in one day, making the Adventure Travel Trade Association’s 2016 Adventure Travel World Summit carbon neutral, the forest in Costa Rica is thriving. New growth is already happening under the 20-foot-tall canopy, and the mature forest is providing a habitat for wildlife like birds, wild …

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1,000 More Trees Planted to Restore Pacuare Biological Corridor Connectivity

We were hot, doused with sweat, and caked in mud. But when the last tree went into the ground, covered with newly dug earth, there was an exhilarating sense of satisfaction. We had just planted 1,000 trees together with 142 students and faculty of Verto Education and our team of 16 volunteer leaders to restore …

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Colombia to Costa Rica – A Dream Gets Realized

In May, one of Rafa Gallo’s dreams came true. Since 2018, he had passionately supported the Colombian Rafting for Peace (Remando por la Paz) team and their tourism organization Caguan Expeditions. In September that year, he sent two top Rios Tropicales guides, Roy Obando and Max Solano, to train the Colombians in rafting. Then, in …

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Costa Rica’s Team RAFA wins 4th in the World Rafting Championship 2022

Team RAFA, Costa Rica’s men’s youth rafting team sponsored by the Rivers and Forests Alliance, is ranked fourth in the world after competing in the International Rafting Federation (IRF) World Rafting Championship (WRC) 2022, held in Bosnia and Herzegovina from May 26 to June 1. The team, all young men from the Turrialba area, also …

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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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