Coffee pulp used on deforested land dramatically boosts forest regrowth, study finds

Coffee pulp used on deforested land and degraded farmland can dramatically boost forest regrowth, scientists have found.  Researchers from ETH-Zurich and the University of Hawaii used coffee pulp, a byproduct of coffee production, to cover degraded land which had been used for agriculture in southern Costa Rica.  In 2018, researchers spread 30 dump truck loads of coffee pulp on to about one third of an acre of degraded farmland … Continue reading Coffee pulp used on deforested land dramatically boosts forest regrowth, study finds

Costa Rica conservation map grows by more than 11,000sq km² during the last 10 years

Costa Rica’s conservation map has grown more than 11,000 square kilometres during the last 10 years, according to environmental organisation Costa Rica por Siempre Association (ACRXS). More than 400 communities in Costa Rica have benefited from projects of ecological, economic and social impact over the last 10 years. To date, these represent more than $ 23 million invested in 456 initiatives, the equivalent of a new project … Continue reading Costa Rica conservation map grows by more than 11,000sq km² during the last 10 years

Climate-friendly Coffee: Costa Rica plants more shade trees and reduces chemical use to save coffee’s future

Climate-friendly coffee farming is both the future of coffee and the future for coffee. Around the world, coffee farmers are adopting climate-friendly methods to grow their coffee including planting more shade trees, as well as reducing the use of chemical sprays. Coffee is one of Costa Rica’s main exports but coffee production contributes to greenhouse gas emissions. Efforts are underway to make it less environmentally … Continue reading Climate-friendly Coffee: Costa Rica plants more shade trees and reduces chemical use to save coffee’s future

Agroforestry: Costa Rican jungle farmer Alexander Retana saving the rainforest by growing food in it

Farmland and trees co-exist in harmony in the Costa Rican rainforest where jungle farmer Alexander Retana has turned his family plantation into a sustainable farm. With a focus on agroforestry – essentially the practice of growing trees on farmland – Alexander Retana grows around 22 different crops from bananas to cacao among the trees of the Costa Rican rainforest. It is in stark contrast to … Continue reading Agroforestry: Costa Rican jungle farmer Alexander Retana saving the rainforest by growing food in it

Sustainable Stays: Danta Corcovado Lodge, Costa Rica

Costa Rica is world renowned for its eco lodges and there are plenty to choose from – from the luxury to the eco glamping . If you desire a truly authentic holiday experience in Costa Rica – one where you feel at home immersed in the life, traditions and customs of the locals and the environment – then you may be able to narrow down … Continue reading Sustainable Stays: Danta Corcovado Lodge, Costa Rica