Shannon Farley

GoFundMe campaign RAFA

International Whitewater Hall of Fame and IRF honor RAFA

The World River Centre and International Whitewater Hall of Fame (IWHOF), the International Rafting Federation and Rivers and Forests Alliance (RAFA) have announced a campaign to further the work and passion of Rafael “Rafa” Gallo, IRF Honorary President, conservationist and adventure tourism innovator, who lost his battle with pancreatic cancer earlier this year. Our effort to …

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Freshwater conservation

Intercontinental Community Water Quality Monitoring Network Is Created

The Rivers and Forests Alliance joined 28 organizations and institutions from 10 countries on the American Continent and Spain at the end of July 2021 to create the Intercontinental Network for Community Water Quality Monitoring. The Network’s founding members initially include representatives in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, the United States, Guatemala, Mexico, …

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RAFA partners with the Costa Rica National Alliance of Rivers and Watersheds

by Shannon Farley The Rivers and Forests Alliance has partnered with the Costa Rica National Alliance of Rivers and Watersheds (ANRCCR in Spanish) to work on important conservation initiatives for the Pacuare River, its tributaries, forest habitat, and biodiversity. The ANRCCR is a citizen group that serves as a meeting space to concentrate efforts to …

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Rafael Gallo at his Pacuare River reserve

A Tribute to Rafael Gallo, Defender of the Pacuare River

by Shannon Farley (This article originally appeared on International Rivers.org.) Flowing from high in Costa Rica’s Talamanca Mountains, past indigenous Cabecar communities, through dense jungle populated with jaguars, the Pacuare River travels 85 miles to the Caribbean Sea. It is one of Costa Rica’s most acclaimed rivers for its scenic beauty and is revered by …

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Rafael Gallo

Young Rafa: How Rafael Gallo Started his Career as a River Guide, Outfitter, and Champion of Conservation

by Earl Alderson (with Glenna Alderson) In the late 1970s and early 1980s, a small group of University of Tennessee students in Knoxville began their lifelong passion for finding outdoor adventures and paddling whitewater rivers. Some of the group members rented a house on 10th Street and it became the meeting place for paddling trips …

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