Avoided Deforestation of Tropical Rainforests in Costa Rica
29,600 acres (12,000 hectares)
Costa Rica -- Central Volcanic Range Conservation Area; Cartago and Limón
Validated conformance with the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standards, 1st Ed., Gold Level: October 28th, 2009-October 27th, 2014 (RA-VAL-CCB-011409).
This multisite project expects participation of up to 100 individual landowners located within the Conservation Area of the Cordillera Volcánica Central (ACCVC), in the provinces of Cartago and Limón. The project area of interest falls within an important biological corridor and will serve to link Braulio Carrillo, Irazú and Turrialba National Parks, in addition to the Guácimo and Pococí aquifers. The region boasts one of the highest rates of endemism in already mega-diverse Costa Rica and this avoided deforestation project will protect habitat for endemic and threatened species. Due in large part to its focus on native species, its commitment to involving local communities, and its emphasis on climate change adaptation, the project was awarded the coveted "Gold Level" validation to the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standards.