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Rocaverde is making a difference with environmental projects and sustainability in mind. Our work clearly speaks for what we do.
1. Community involvement
People living in marginal areas, suburbs and highly populated cities can’t really experience what nature has to offer. Most of the times taking care of a tree, watching a butterfly or hearing a bird is not possible in these places, therefore getting involved with the natural world is very complicated. To fight this issue, our Foundation has committed to bring nature closer to those who can’t access it in their environment, by helping develop and increase community recreational parks.
Our first Community Park Project: One very important project of ours in getting involved with the community and teach about environmentally related issues. Particularly in one place we’re helping build a park that not only offers the regular amenities to exercise, but that will also offer educational spaces to learn about organic agriculture, elaboration of composts and biodiversity conservation. As a Foundation we are involved in the design of the place, we are the donors of all the plants and shrubs, including herbs and bushes that will shape the place, and we are in charge of building a butterfly farm.
2. Conservation and biodiversity
Rocaverde Foundation is aware of how plants and trees play a vital role on natural ecosystems. We have our own mid-sized plant nursery for native species such as Roble (quercus spp) and Aguacatillo (Persea caerulea), to help maintain healthy populations of native species in our environment.
Other plants such as shrubs play a vital role in feeding birds and butterflies. Of all the butterfly species in the world, 18% are available in Costa Rica. The Country is also known for being “The Hummingbird Capital of the World”, with 51 of the New World’s 300 hummingbird species. For that reason it’s very important for us to multiply plants to feed these incredible creatures.
3. Carbon Capture – Bamboo: the real game-changer?
Compared to the typical forest plantation, it is said that bamboo will capture 35% more CO2 than the same area of forest. This information is hard to determine as is not a general statement: it will depend in both the tree and bamboo species. But no doubt about it bamboo has a special quality: to renew plantation there’s no need to cut the whole forest, and that’s because the bamboo is not a tree, it’s more related to grasses, only growing vertically. With that in mind, when a lawn is mowed, it stimulates the rhizomes (radical system of grasses) to grow new leaves. In bamboo, “mowing” the shoots or upper parts of the plant has the exact same effect, it stimulates the plant to generate new shoots, the only difference is that this shoots can grow between 6 to 30 meters high depending on the species. Also known as the “vegetable steel”, bamboo is used for construction around the World, being Guadua angustifolia the most renowned species in the field. Bamboo projects by the Foundation range from nursing plants to developing products that both meet carbon sequestration and revenue to low income population.
4. Environmental research
We have access to 12 Hectares of primary rainforest 50 minutes away from San Jose, Costa Rica, and we’re constantly looking for interesting, newfangled, avantgard research projects.
The main topics we try to explore are environment, endangered species, characterization of new species, other rainforest related topics. We’re open to suggestions as long as they prove to be environment relevant.
At this time we’re recruiting scientists for our 2020 calendar. We are in capacity of hosting our research staff as well. If you believe your project might be worth developing, please fill out our contact form and write us why is your project important to the environment.
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