San Carlos, April 22, 2021. In the framework of Earth Day, local associations, women's groups together with the Costa Rican government (Vice Presidency, MINAE, FONAFIFO) and the Environmental Bank Foundation (FUNBAM) in alliance with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the European Union and the German Federal Government planted the first 500 trees of the "Huella del Futuro" initiative this Thursday, in Muelle de San Carlos.
This initiative stands out for its efforts to ensure the survival of these trees by maintaining them for five years. In addition, it establishes a map that can be consulted online (www.huelladelfuturo.cr) where it is possible to visualize where each tree has been planted and additional information.
Fonafifo data show that, in addition to reforestation, the initiative will contribute to the generation of approximately 200 direct jobs and 700 indirect beneficiaries, which will boost the economy of the region, one of the most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Vice President of the Republic and coordinator of the Northern Zone Development Program, Epsy Campbell, indicated that the activity developed this Thursday is based on the conviction that "solutions based on nature are vital to face the threats of climate change and contribute to sustainable development".
"I want to thank on behalf of the Government of the Republic to MINAE, FONAFIFO, FUNBAM, BIOFIN-UNDP, the European Union and the German Federal Government for supporting this project that seeks to contribute to the country's efforts to increase forest coverage to 60% by 2030," she said.
Haydeé Rodríguez Romero, Vice Minister of Water and Seas of MINAE, said that "On Earth Day we celebrate people, communities and especially women who are committed to rehabilitating productive landscapes, increasing production resilience and connectivity in protected areas of the country. This is a clear example of how we can demonstrate that conservation is an investment; conservation can provide opportunities for development and economic reactivation".
Additionally, the first contracts of the "Plantations for Forestry Use (PAFF)" initiative were signed, financed by the European Union and the German Federal Government, through the Green Development Fund for the SICA region (FDV), an initiative that strengthens FUNBAM in its role as a financial mechanism for producers to access credit to establish agroforestry and silvopastoral system models, contribute to the „Huella del Futuro“ goals and increase resilience to climate change.
María Antonia Calvo Puerta, Ambassador of the European Union in Costa Rica said that "T he European Union is convinced that joining efforts to support initiatives such as „Huella del Futuro“ is the right way to go, and that these actions contribute to increase resilience to climate change, improve ecosystem connectivity and promote fair and inclusive economic recovery".
In addition, through the FDV project in Costa Rica the European Union and the German Government will support the country in restoring more than 2,300 hectares of forest in communities in the country's Northern Huetar Region.
"Our vision in Europe of post-COVID recovery and recovery for the future, is a green future; therefore everything that is about recovering green spaces, ecosystems will bring employment, in the case of this project for example, it will mean 300 direct jobs and probably 600 jobs in total because there are jobs that are indirect..." explained the EU Ambassador, during the launching event of the FDV proyect in Costa Rica
Likewise, the European Union and the German Federal Government support the eight countries of the Central American Integration System (SICA) through national projects to increase resilience to climate change in the region, thus contributing to improve the living conditions of especially vulnerable people.
José Vicente Troya Rodríguez, UNDP Representative, expressed his pride in accompanying Costa Rica that seeks a green, fair and inclusive economic reactivation "Today we show results of a country in solidarity, which has been moved to donate, and we take this opportunity to invite more people to move from intention to action. Only together and together we can face the challenges that besiege us as humanity: the loss of biodiversity, the climate crisis and the socio-economic impacts by COVID-19 that are aggravated against women."
Allegra Baiocchi, UN Coordinator in Costa Rica called on everyone in Costa Rica to join in the commitment to work together to protect our planet Earth and leave no one behind.
"As we commemorate International Earth Day, our planet is at a tipping point and humans continue to abuse nature. The recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic is an opportunity to build clean, green and sustainable development. Costa Rica has always been at the forefront and its actions show us that it is possible, and Huella del Futuro is proof of this".
About Huella del Futuro
Under the conviction that nature-based solutions are the best option to ensure a better future for all people, Costa Rica announced the start of the fundraising campaign Huella del Futuro to plant 400,000 hectares in nine cantons in the northern zone, before September 2021.
Individuals, companies and organizations that want to be part of the project can make their donations through the website www.huelladelfuro.cr or SINPE MOBILE 8959-4255.
For more information:
The Green Development Fund for the SICA region
The Green Development Fund for the SICA region