Restoring Coastal Ecosystems | Costas Verdes is a non profit organization founded in 2009 with the mission to restore devastated coastal ecosystems from past agricultural practices. By creating, leading and implementing reforestation projects in public beachfronts and natural protected areas, Costas Verdes actively involves and empowers local communities to ensure sustainability on their projects.
Costas Verdes believes that the active participation of local communities in these activities and environmental education is vital in these processes. To this end, Costa Verdes involves schoolchildren in its activities, and organizes workshops in local schools and communities. In most cases its activities are supported by local businesses, which donate funds, materials and the time of their workers. Students from the country’s universities as well as international visitors also volunteer their time.
Costas Verdes also establishes nurseries in coastal communities with the support of local families, schools and businesses, which provide the plants and trees necessary for its work. Costas Verdes receives support from public agencies such as the National System of Conservation Areas and the Ministry of the Environment and Energy.
The GCF, with resources from the Harmony and CRUSA Donor Advised Funds, has supported Costas Verde’s Barrigona beach forest restoration project in Nosara, as well as outreach to public schools in the Nosara Area. Costa Verdes is also a local partner in the Rio Nosara Biological Corridor Initiative.
- 60 native tree species reintroduced to their natural habitats.
- Over 57,000 trees planted since 2009
- 8 projects in the Central Pacific and Nicoya Península
- 25 local schools actively involved
- 6,500 volunteers since 2009