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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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1,000 More Trees Planted to Restore Pacuare Biological Corridor Connectivity

We were hot, doused with sweat, and caked in mud. But when the last tree went into the ground, covered with newly dug earth, there was an exhilarating sense of satisfaction. We had just planted 1,000 trees together with 142 students and faculty of Verto Education and our team of 16 volunteer leaders to restore

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RAFA announces our first charity auction fundraiser – RAFAuction

The Rivers and Forests Alliance (RAFA) team is thrilled to announce our first charity auction fundraiser – RAFAuction – from March 21 to April 1, 2022. RAFAuction specifically supports three conservation, sport, and peace projects created by RAFA’s namesake founder Rafael (Rafa) Gallo. During the 35 years he operated his award-winning Rios Tropicales adventure company

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