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 Awari is one of eight indigenous territories of the Cabécar people located in the Talamanca Mountains, between the basins of the Pacuare and Barbilla rivers. The Camino de Costa Rica, a 280 km trail that crosses Costa Rica from the Caribbean Sea to the Pacific Ocean, also passes through the Nairi Awari indigenous territory. The area where we planted is close to the entrance to the Barbilla National Park and is part of the Barbilla-Destierro Biological Subcorridor.

On February 24, after days of rain, 143 volunteers and our mascot, Rio, gathered in the sunshine by the Liceo Rural Nairi Awari (rural high school), ready to plant trees. The volunteers from the Barbilla-Destierro Biological Subcorridor, RAFA, Guardians of the Pacuare, Pacuare Lodge, University of Costa Rica at Limon, the Distance State University (UNED) at Siquirres, and SINAC – Barbilla National Park worked together to make the reforestation event a huge success.

We are grateful to our sponsors for their generous support in making the event possible. ICE, Costa Rica’s electrical company, donated the trees and provided transportation for the volunteers. Transportes El Puma Pardo also transported volunteers, while Rios Lodge and Pacuare Outdoor Center funded our volunteers’ lunch.

We’ll let our photo gallery tell you the rest of the story. You’ll see the smiling faces of our dedicated volunteers working hard to reforest the biological corridor and restore nature’s beauty. The passion and enthusiasm of these volunteers for Mother Earth inspire us all. May their energy, joy, and good cheer never be extinguished!

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