For too long, “productivity” has been understood as agricultural fields of monocultures or extensive livestock pastures, while the forest is considered a non-productive area. In a world with severe environmental problems, the need arises for implementing changes and alternatives: the restoration of forests is a good place to start.
The Fila Marucha Farm, in Londres, Quepos is home to the Analog Forestry Training Center Centro de Capacitacion Bosques Analogos in Costa Rica. For the past 30 years, this forest is proof that it is possible to restore the land, cultivate the forest and be a gathering place to receive trainings on using Analog Forestry (AF) designs.
Here are some reflections from participants in the workshops:
José Pablo Fernández, Costa Rican AF trainer: “The forest is a service provider to humanity and the planet, preventing erosion, producing oxygen, recycling carbon, sustaining biodiversity and providing food and medicine. Those acquainted with Analog Forestry find balance between conservation and production. It is necessary to generate fair and environmentally sustainable economies for the regeneration of the forest to take place.”
Laura Phillips León, architecture student: “One of the main benefits of this practice is that it seeks to meet the social and economic needs of the community.”
María Auxiliadora Zúniga Amador, university student: “To halt and reverse the trends that cause the loss of biological diversity and environmental services requires changes in territorial occupation, production techniques, use of common spaces, environmental awareness, while ensuring more participatory processes from the actors involved .”
Lamberto Micangelli, environmental scientist: “To have the ability and the tools to decipher the structure of a native forest is a great advantage. It gives us the opportunity to restore ecosystems and lands degraded by human environmental impact. It also allows us to design and plant forests with species of commercial and medicinal use. “