German Family Takes on Deforestation and Biodiversity in Costa Rica

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    The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – Leo and Stefan Pröstler are Austrian-German conservationists and father and son who decided to pursue efforts to contribute to the conservation of biodiversity in Costa Rica.

    In an interview published by the German broadcaster DW in the Global 300 program, the work taking foreigners to the country, mainly by booming logging, and the negative impacts arising from monoculture in Costa Rican land is highlighted. They point out that Costa Rica has 6% of existing species in the world.

    The report indicated that in 1980 less than a quarter of Costa Rican forests were affected by the felling of species to make way for monoculture. For this reason Pröstler and his son developed a project to restore biodiversity.

    “Initially the project focused on reforestation of the forest, but is now growing and profitable at a social level. Our goal is to develop a truly sustainable economic system,” Stefan Pröstler said regarding Puro Verde, their family organization.

    This reforestation is carried out with investment from Germany and the results could be observed within 25 years.

    “The rainforest is very important and must be protected for its diversity,” Stefan said.

    This is not the first approach between Germany and Costa Rica on environmental issues, as both governments have drawn conservation projects which are conducted by the Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE).

    In recent years, cooperation between the two countries has allowed Costa Rica to receive support totaling nearly 100 million euros to invest in different projects.

    The Costa Rica News (TCRN)

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