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Published on Tuesday, September 21, 2021
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The European Union donated 4,000 trees valued at $60,000 to establish the "Eco-Bosque de la Amistad" (the forest of friendship in the English language)  between the organization and Costa Rica.

According to the Ministry of the Environment, the forest will be developed on four hectares of ​​the Santa Rosa Professional Tech College in San Carlos. The idea is for it to become a laboratory for students, who will cooperate in the planting and maintenance for the next five years.

The forest is part of the plan called “Footprint of the Future.” This campaign aims to plant 200,000 trees in the northern part of the country to help increase the forest cover to 60% by 2030.

According to Andrea Meza, Minister of the Environment, "this type of project encourages the participation of the people in reducing emissions and institutional actions to address the main factors that affect deforestation and forest degradation."

The forest will have a circular design based on the Nelder algorithm, which establishes a circle under random seeding. In its circumferences, native forest species of cultural and environmental importance will be planted, some of them in danger of extinction. All planted species offer biodiversity and resilience to the ecosystem, in turn providing educational value, allowing students to have practical learning.

The forest has the goal of generating environmental and social benefits for the population since it represents a green area for recreation, as well as the restoration of degraded landscapes and the reduction of vulnerability to climate change by repairing the supply of local ecosystem services such as water, carbon, erosion control among others.

In June, the Trees for All Foundation developed a reforestation project in Costa Rica.

What have you heard of deforested areas in your community?  We would like to know your thoughts on this story. Send your comments to news@amcostarica.com


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