Felipe Carazo Director Ejecutivo de FUNDECOR y Milo Bekins de Finca Fila Marucha
There are many reasons backing the importance of forests being sustenance to the different forms of life on the planet. According to United Nations data, a third of the world’s largest cities obtain a significant portion of their drinking water directly from areas with protected forests.
The UN also has shown that 80% of the world population is exposed to significant threats regarding a safe supply of water. Meanwhile, the rate of deforestation is estimated at 13 million of hectares per year, data indicating the relevance of the topic.
The Costa Rican Ministry of the Environment, reiterated the country´s commitment to continue recovering the forests which currently cover 52% of Costa Rican territory.
During a celebration held on April 7, several organizations and farms, were recognized as being exemplary cases of sustainable forest management. The Fila Marucha Farm is one of these cases and the only winner in the category of family farm. This property is located in Londres, Quepos, in the Aguirre canton.
Various reasons make this property a role model to replicate across the country, to improve the percentage of forest cover. Family involvement in the development of the farm since its inception, is considered an essential factor in the success of the model, says Milo Bekins, owner of this property. “We keep the water flow throughout the farm and have developed a structure that produces species and medicinal herbs, reflecting the objective that we have defined. Thanks to meeting our goal, the farm has thrived in the past 30 years.”
The farm applies the methodology of landscape restoration known as Analog Forestry (AF), which seeks to establish ecosystems analog in architectural structure and ecological functions to the original vegetation, increasing the local biodiversity. This farm is also the MesoamericanTraining Center for the International Analog Forestry Network (IAFN).
AF provides a means to address actions such as forest restoration, soil conservation, carbon sequestration and proposes social, economic and environmentally sound answers for the restoration of forests around the world.
This methodology allows an integrated approach to the conservation of forest ecosystems, on a small and large scale, ensuring shelter, employment and security to societies, and most importantly, their service of supplying water to the planet for the subsistence of all species.