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Costa Rica

In Costa Rica we are going to plant 27,500 trees in order to restore tropical rain forest. In this project we co-operate with our partner, Adopt Rain Forest Foundation and local population. In this way we bring nature back to life and create an unbroken natural habitat for innumerable animals.

Status: Current project

Turning 25 hectares of grassland into flourishing rain forest

From jaguars and iguanas to toucans and nasuas: in Costa Rica’s tropical forests thousands of plant and animal species can be found. Unfortunately, forest is still disappearing to make room for arable land and plantations, thus diminishing habitat for all those plants and animals. High time for change!

That is why, together with Adopt Rain Forest Foundation and local population, Trees for All will plant 27,500 trees in Costa Rica. This is going to be done on 25 hectares of meadow land which used to be splendid tropical rain Forest. we are connecting the new forest with surrounding forest land and create an unbroken natural habitat for all these animals. The project provides work and income for eight local families into the bargain. Will you take part in this?

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What makes this project in Costa Rica necessary?

By means of this project we connect two existing nature reserves. We plant trees on 25 hectares of meadowland, situated exactly between Adopt Rain Forest Foundation’s nature reserve and Barbilla National Park. This is highly necessary, for in these areas many species of animal feel at home.

In Adopt Rain Forest Foundation’s reserve only, hundreds of species of birds and butterflies occur. Moreover, it is a home for extraordinary animals, such as jaguarundi, ocelot, puma, silky anteater and strawberry poison frog. Several of these species are included in the Red List of endangered animals, such as Buffon’s macaw. To these animals it is extra important that their habitat is restored quickly.

An margay, Leopardus wiedii, stalking towards the camera

Hundreds of animal species live in Costa Rica’s tropical forests, including the margay, toucan, glass frog, hummingbird, helmet basilisk, pit viper, butterflies and the Blue Jeans frog

More trees, more habitat for animals

Small-scale agriculture and cattle farming have caused large sections of rain forest to disappear. Because of this, Barbilla National Park has become isolated from other nature reserves in northern and western Costa Rica.

In places where forest has been felled, large open spaces have come into being. Without shelter from trees, animals do not feel safe and prefer to avoid these places. The habitat for these animals gets fragmented and is simply too small, making it difficult for them to find mates and to breed. Did you know that e.g. a jaguar needs 2,000 hectares of uninterrupted rain forest?

By means of this project we make sure that the region becomes one large uninterrupted forest again. Thanks to your donation we will be able to plant trees where now is 25 hectares of bare meadowland.

The new forest will also procure better water management, sound soil and more CO2 storage in the area. Beneficial to the climate!

In this drone picture you see the grassland (within the red line) where we are going to plant trees

What are we going to do in Costa Rica?

Together with Adopt Rain Forest we are going to reafforest 25 hectares of meadowland with 7 indigenous species of tree which are all native to the region.

In the first phase we will plant many fast-growing trees, also called pioneers. These fast growers cause  shady circumstances and correct humidity. In this way we create perfect conditions for the slower-growing species, the so-called climax species.

More biodiversity

We also plant trees whose fruit attracts seed spreaders, such as birds, rodents and monkeys. These animals bring seeds from other trees into the forest, enabling even more species of trees to take root. A diverse tropical lowland forest arises in which animals may settle and move freely.

The endangered Buffon’s macaw (photo by Adopt Rain Forest)

Nesting place for endangered Buffon’s macaw

Apart from the species of tree selected, nearly 4,000 Almendro trees will be planted. This typical tree is indigenous to Costa Rica, but is slowly disappearing as a result of deforestation. The tree is highly important for the seriously endangered Buffon’s macaw, which builds its nests in it. Only 1,000 of these splendid green birds do still live in the wild.

Employment for local population

In the project we co-operate as much as we can with local communities. It offers work and income to eight families for at least one year. They will receive education about planting trees, maintenance and monitoring of the forest. By involving people, we hope to enlarge awareness in the communities of the importance of tropical rain forest.

This project of Trees for All contributes to several
Sustainable Development Goals

13. Climate action
15. Life on land
17. Partnership for the goals
8. Decent work and economic growth

Where are we going to plant?

The parcel where we are going to plant trees is situated in eastern Costa Rica’s lowlands, Limón province. Almost 50% of the Limón territory consists of protected natural reserve and national parks. This project is a contribution into reconnecting various areas.

Our partners

In this project we co-operate with the Dutch Adopt Rain Forest Foundation. The foundation is dedicated to preserving rain forest in Costa Rica by means of acquiring plots of rain forest. They protect their purchases and the biodiversity within them. Their ultimate goal is to protect 2,000 hectares of rain forest.

All young trees are purchased from nearby Costa Rican Universidad EARTH. This is a forestry college cum tree nursery. Besides, eight members of the local community will be appointed as project workers and a ranger is employed for protection of the rain forest.


“Adopt Rain Forest and Trees for All join hands in order to achieve a splendid purpose: reafforestation of 25 hectares of tropical rain forest! These two Dutch nature conservation organizations complement each other beautifully in this.  Adopt Rain Forest has financed the acquisition of 25 hectares of land, which can be replanted through donations via Trees for All. In this way we provide jobs to eight families and protect Costa Rica’s towering biodiversity. Both nature and the local community will profit by this prize project.” – Adopt Rain Forest & Trees for All

Adopteer Regenwoud doet research in Costa Rica
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