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RAFA World Water Day & World Forests Day Festival

Education and Culture Shine in the First World Water Day & World Forest Day Festival

We are delighted to have celebrated our first World Water Day and World Forest Day Festival (Feria del Dia Mundial de Agua y Bosques) on March 23rd in Tres Equis de Turrialba. RAFA organized the event with the Barbilla-Destierro Biological Subcorridor Paso del Jaguar and the Citizen Water Observatory (OCA) Rio Pacuare Turrialba-Siquirres. We shared […]

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RAFA helps plant trees in the Nairi Awari indigenous territory

The Rivers and Forests Alliance (RAFA) is committed to reforesting the Pacuare River Basin and its surrounding areas to improve habitat connectivity in the biological corridor. Recently, RAFA partnered with the Barbilla-Destierro Biological Subcorridor – Paso del Jaguar to help our friends in the Nairi Awari indigenous territory plant 1,100 trees in their community. Nairi

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RAFA restores forest connectivity in the Biological Subcorridor Paso del Jaguar with 7,965 trees!

Working with the Barbilla-Destierro Biological Subcorridor Paso del Jaguar, the Rivers and Forests Alliance (RAFA) has planted 7,965 trees since October 2021 to restore forest connectivity and wildlife habitats in the Pacuare River Basin. The Pacuare River Basin is part of the Barbilla-Destierro Biological Subcorridor Paso del Jaguar, a habitat for jaguars, wild peccaries, three

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RAFA and Verto Education reforest the Pacuare with another 1,500 trees

Thank you to all the incredible students and staff of the Verto Education Costa Rica program who helped us plant 1,500 trees on December 6 to reforest the Pacuare River Basin. We are very grateful to the Costa Rican electrical company ICE for donating the native species trees. The project is the second reforestation by

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RAFA wins spot in 2023 3M Local Impact Costa Rica program

We are thrilled to announce that RAFA has been chosen to participate in the 2023 3M Local Impact Costa Rica program. This program, led by the American multinational corporation 3M Company, aims to bring together local 3M employees with nonprofit organizations, social enterprises, educational institutions, and government agencies to develop solutions for social and environmental

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RAFA reforestation Pacuare River

1,615 More trees planted in the Pacuare River Basin!

The Rivers and Forests Alliance (RAFA), together with the Macaw Recovery Network (MRN) and the Citizen Water Observatory (OCA) Rio Pacuare Turrialba-Siquirres held a grand reforestation event on October 28 to restore the connectivity in the Barbilla-Destierro Biological Subcorridor and the Pacuare River Basin. With 92 volunteers ranging from 2 to 71 years old, we

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Festival of Spheres

Festival of Spheres helps restore water quality in the Pacuare River

On October 6, RAFA celebrated the first Festival of Spheres with the Citizen Water Observatory (OCA) Rio Pacuare Turrialba-Siquirres, under the umbrella of the National Alliance of Rivers and Watersheds of Costa Rica and the Guardians of the Pacuare program. The event marked Rafa Gallo’s birthday and his passion for preserving the Pacuare River with

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dylan stiegemeier

Master’s Thesis on RAFA tree planting published in Sweden

We recently received fantastic news from Dylan Stiegemeier, the Verto Education environmental history professor who initiated and led our reforestation project in November 2022 to plant 1,000 trees. His master’s thesis on “Assessing transformative learning impacts on first-year university students using large-scale conservation projects on students’ environmental attitudes and pro-environmental behaviors” has been published in

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Guardians of the Pacuare tree planting

RAFA’s Guardians of the Pacuare plant trees in the Pacuare River Basin

To celebrate the founding meeting of the Guardians of the Pacuare, a “dream team” of volunteers planted 360 trees on May 27, 2023, to restore the rainforest and biological corridor in the Pacuare River Basin. When I say “dream team,” I mean it! In only one hour – yes, you read that right, ONE HOUR

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