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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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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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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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New Citizen Water Observatory – Rio Pacuare Turrialba-Siquirres!

We are delighted to announce that the Citizen Water Observatory Rio Pacuare Turrialba-Siquirres has been officially accepted into the National Network of Citizen Water Observatories of the National Alliance of Rivers and Watersheds of Costa Rica. Our OCA (using the acronym in Spanish) is the 94th in Costa Rica! It was formed under RAFA’s Guardians

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Guardians of the Pacuare commit to preserving the Pacuare River Basin

Last month, we told you about the launch of our new program, Guardians of the Pacuare (Guardianes del Pacuare in Spanish), uniting the Pacuare tourism community and key conservation and municipal actors to work together to preserve the Pacuare River Basin, the forest and biodiversity, and stimulate community involvement. Our first meeting on May 26 at

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Pacuare River Valley

Make a difference in the conservation of Costa Rica’s rivers and rainforest!

We extend a heartfelt thank you to our first big donor, the Wayne Grey Wilson Foundation in the U.S., for their very appreciated donation at the end of last year to fund our administrative costs for part of 2023. The gift helps us forward our conservation programs and goals toward protecting and preserving the Pacuare

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Guardians of the Pacuare program launches for river preservation

In May, we are launching our flagship program, Guardians of the Pacuare (Guardianes del Pacuare in Spanish), uniting the Pacuare tourism community to work together to preserve the river basin. The Pacuare River is a jewel of natural beauty and a critical ecosystem as a biological corridor. The middle of the watershed, most known for

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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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