After Costa Rica saw the destruction of thousands of acres of tropical rainforest in the Tilaran Mountains, between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, The Monteverde Conservation League (MCL) took action. Launching an international fund- raising campaign, the MCL harnessed the concerns of children in the United States and Europe who recognized the global threat to tropical biodiversity. The children already knew that climate change could deplete the future of thousands of plants and animals and diminish human’s quality of life now and into the future. With some species still uncatalogued by scientists, the children began collecting bottles to “buy an acre of rainforest.” The campaign saw impressive success, purchasing 50,000 acres and creating the International Children’s Rainforest—or Bosque Eterno de los Ninos adjacent to the world famous Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve.
Our support funded an ambitious master plan featuring newly available satellite imagery to help local leaders make consequential decisions. The new im- ages made selecting which areas of should be open to visitors, if MCL should develop an ecotourism program, and what lands MCL should set aside for the future.
One of the initial consulting ecologists, Philip Conkling, continues to advise us on similar initiatives that need high-resolution satellite imagery to enable local ecologists detailed maps.