Las Villas de San Buenas to Plant 2,000 trees in Partnership Agreement

Las Villas de San Buenas to Plant 2,000 Trees

Las Villas de San Buenas recently purchased 2,000 trees from a non-profit division of Sembrada Agua logo2ICE (electricity provider) called Sembrada Agua. This project connects high schools and local communities to organizations looking to repopulate damage done decades ago by cattle farmers whom cleared some of the jungles in Costa Rica. The goal of Sembrada Agua is to plant one million trees by 2030 – and we wanted to do our part in helping out.

“We are committed to designing and planning our development in an eco-friendly manner and integrating native trees into the landscapes,” explained Hanz Cruz, General Manager of Las Villas de San Buenas.

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Some of the 2,000 trees that have been delivered to Las Villas de San Buenas.

Las Villas de San Buenas will be spending the next month planting these trees. When we purchased the land that is now Las Villas de San Buenas there were thousands of gmelina trees that had been planted in the 1960s by local farmers. Gmelina is a non-indigenous, invasive species that chokes out the native trees. After several years, and approximately $85,000, we successfully cleared out the majority of the gmelina trees. We are now actively replanting the same area with fourteen tree species that are native to the Osa Peninsula, which will help bring the land back to its more natural state from 100 years ago.

“We will be planting a variety of fruit trees, hard woods and ornamental trees which will show our owners the beautiful mix of the wonderful bio-diversity found in this region of Costa Rica,” said Las Villas de San Buenas CEO Nick Halverson.


More Land Protected in Latin America

According to a report released Wednesday by the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the region has boosted the amount of land dedicated to biodiversity conservation by 10 percent since 1990 – from 9.5 percent then to 19.5 percent in 2009.

The Statistical Yearbook for Latin American and the Caribbean 2009, an analysis that gauges changes in the use of Latin America’s natural resources during the past two decades, also found the amount of forested territory decreased from 48.8 percent to 44.9 percent between 1990 and 2007.

The 2009 breakdown takes the good with the bad.

From 1989 to 2008, Latin America decreased the overall amount of harmful ozone particles that it released from 74,500 tons to 6,700 tons.