Costa Rica Atlantic Rain Forest Sustainability, Preservation, and Conservation Programs
Rainforest Adventures Costa Rica Atlantic supports the sustainability of the rain forests, and exerts a lot of effort to help with the preservation and the conservation of the tropical rainforests in Costa Rica.
- The Rain Forest Aerial Trams respects the Wildlife Conservation Law 7317, which enforces the regulation of biodiversity and stipulates aspects related to trading of species or products from flora and fauna
- All our naturalist guides and team are aware of the relevance of keeping the forest in its natural condition with minimum alteration that could break the ecosystem’s cycle
- We promote this culture through the tour guides in a way that each visitor to the Park understands the importance of keeping the forest in its natural condition which means avoiding taking out the flora and fauna or feeding fauna
- Lodge is located on 475 acres of protected and preserved area. Under no circumstance can the extraction of any type of plant, flower, tree or wild animal occur because the forest plays a principal role in climate regulation and contains more than half of the planet’s biodiversity
- During the building of our Lodge, we studied the best ways to maximize the performance of the natural light to avoid high consumptions of electricity for lack illumination
- Use low consumption bulbs – slightly more expensive but last considerably longer than traditional lighting
- Use only white fluorescent light in lodge, which saves power and helps to minimize disturbance in the forest ecosystems
- Starting at 8:30 p.m., electric power plant is stopped as a way to encourage our guests to enjoy a peaceful rest
- Avoided dark colored walls and ceiling when constructed because they absorb natural light and increase need for artificial light
- Work to clean screen and allow more natural light in
- For common areas, motion detector lights are used to avoid unnecessary lighting
- Park plants trees as often as possible – a single tree will absorb approximately one ton of carbon dioxide during its lifetime
- Save water when watering the garden because gardens are planted with autochthonous plants (these require less water than more exotic plants) and also attract butterflies.
- Allow grass to grow longer than normal before cutting- water evaporation is avoided and less water will be required for watering
- Water used to wash vegetables is used for other purposes, such as watering plants and washing floors (not use for human consumption)
- Do not allow tap to drop while washing dishes- saves over 35,000 liters of water per year
- Use of efficient shower heads - need just half of water and power than regular shower heads
- Use the laundry machine with low temperature programs only - ninety percent of the energy consumed is used for heating water
- Always wash with a full load, clean filter and turn it on at night tariffs
- Do not use phosphate washing – highly polluting and once it reaches river water, it causes algae growth, which takes the oxygen required for fish
Other Sustainability Programs of Rainforest Adventures
Angels of the Forest
This unique initiative increases children’s interest in their communities by teaching them how to live in harmony with nature. Through environmental education, we aim to help future generations become more environmentally conscious, sensitive and friendly.
Five schools within the buffer zone of Braulio Carrillo National Park have become “guardians” of the forest, teaching children to respect and protect this important ecosystem. Students learn the values and ethics of sustainability, and in the process acquire the necessary tools and skills to live harmoniously with their environment.
High School Environmental Club Network
Using a fun, informal learning atmosphere, this program makes high school students passionate about environmental advocacy. Today, more than 250 students learn about a number of important issues facing the areas around Braulio Carrillo National Park, and work toward finding solutions. They learn the nuances of sustainable development and environmental protection, as well as the importance of the democratic process, peace, social justice and individual and collective responsibilities. In the end, students learn options to create a better quality of life.
As the program develops, our goal is to train leaders who will cultivate small rural businesses capable of generating jobs and making the environment a topic of concern and action for the community.
Sarapiquí Verde Program
This innovative program trains students in the Sarapiquí region to rethink the local sustainable-development model. Students, ages 11 to 17, participate in seminar-workshops and work sessions twice monthly for an entire year.
Every Tree Has an Angel
This program, following the motto “save, study and use,” strives to protect the environment, learn what is has to offer and strike a balance between human activities and nature.
Our daily activities are framed within the values of the local culture. In doing this, we ensure our environment continues to provide us with the necessary resources, in quality and quantity, to maintain and improve the quality of life in this part of Costa Rica.