We are thrilled to have as a new partner Healthy Planet, a UK charity which allows donors to make valuable contributions to conservation online. At the end of February CREA received funding from Healthy Planet's donors to provide environmental workshops for local rural communities in Panama. Donors have adopted acres of forest in Cocobolo through Healthy Planet's website www.healthyplanet.orgBelow are some photos from the first phase of workshops funded by Healthy Planet. We would like to thank Healthy Planet and their donors for helping us make a difference.
Farmers learning how to make bokashi, a type of organic fertilizer. In a two day workshop farmers learned other farming practices such a soil conservation techniques.
Children learning how to make a simple organic fertilizer. After this one day workshop one day the children used the fertlizer on their school vegetable garden.
Community members participated in creating a biodiversity mural for a local village school after learning about how great the biodiversity of their natural rain forest environment is and the need to preserve it. Raising environmental awareness is key to conservation.
Cocobolo Nature Reserve becomes MoSI station
Since the beginning of 2010, CREA has been concentrating on undertaking conservation activities within the Cocobolo Nature Reserve. As a part of this we have compiled inventories of plants, mammals and birds and are just beginning a project on amphibians. As part of our bird study Cocobolo Nature Reserve has been approved to be a site to monitor migratory birds within the Americas by the "Monitoreo de Sobrevivencia Invernal" or MoSI international program run by the Institute for Bird Populations in California.February 2011:
CREA and Marvelwood School complete 5th year of trips
An important part of CREA's activities is education. School trips to the Cocobolo Nature Reserve have become synonymous with our goals and mission. These trips provide an unforgettable life transforming learning adventure for the students that participate and increase the visibility of the plight of Central American rainforests and the communities that depend on them.