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Protecting Our Lifelines: Call to Action on International Biodiversity Day 2024

On International Biodiversity Day, celebrated annually on May 22, the Rivers and Forests Alliance and the Global River Protection Coalition (GRPC) join the United Nations in calling for action to reverse biodiversity loss worldwide. The Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework, also known as the Biodiversity Plan for Life on Earth, as adopted on May 22, 1992, […]

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United in Support of Water for All on International Day of Action for Rivers

GRPC Statement on International Day of Action for Rivers March 14th, 2024 We celebrate the International Day of Action for Rivers as enthusiastic, committed social and environmental scientists, educators, researchers, conservation advocates, and policy experts. We urge colleagues at jurisdiction-based agencies, not-for-profit organizations, and outdoor industry trade organizations to support this year’s campaign, ‘Water for

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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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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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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 Gallo’s legacy lives on in Colombian Rafting for Peace Festival

In November, RAFA Co-director and board President Roberto Gallo, Vice President Alejandra Jiménez, and several more RAFA board members, traveled to Colombia for the Second Festival of Rafting for Peace in honor of Rafael Gallo. The event was held from November 5 to 7 in Miravalle, a village in San Vicente del Caguán, Caquetá, in

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Scientific Studies Proposed for Pacuare Watershed in 2022

Comprehensive water quality monitoring, a detailed atlas, and a community environmental education program are scientific studies in the Pacuare watershed proposed to the Rivers and Forests Alliance (RAFA) for 2022. Earlier this year, RAFA partnered with the Costa Rica National Alliance for Rivers and Watersheds (ANRCCR) to create the Scientific-Technical Commission for Scientific Research and

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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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