Monday, March 11, 2019 - 12:15

The Eden Project has announced a partnership with the Costa Rica Tourism Board which will see the Central American nation support a beautiful orchid exhibit in the Rainforest Biome and inspire a weekend of jungle-themed fun this May.

Eden’s exotic Orchid House is situated in the heart of the Rainforest Biome, the world’s biggest undercover rainforest, and a special display will be installed to celebrate the partnership. The partnership will also be supported with joint activity across travel media.

On the weekend of May 18-19, Eden will host a range of exciting activities inspired by the beautiful Costa Rican rainforest.

María Amalia Revelo, Minister of Tourism, Costa Rica, said: “Costa Rica Tourism Board is proud to partner with the Eden Project on their orchid exhibit, which will be celebrating the diversity of Costa Rica with a special orchids display.

“About 1,400 species of orchids grow in Costa Rica, 20 per cent of which are endemic. Our partnership with Eden Project comes as a natural synergy due to our shared vision on sustainability.
“Sustainability is key for Costa Rica, whose Model of Sustainable Tourism Development has achieved global recognition. In 2018, for example, the country generated 99% of its electricity from renewable sources, using its rivers, volcanoes, wind and solar power. Furthermore, the Central American country, which boasts 5 per cent of the world’s biodiversity, aims to become the world’s first carbon neutral country by 2021.

“These efforts have made Costa Rica a global leader in eco-tourism, giving visitors a wide variety of experiences: from living in an eco lodge surrounded by wildlife to zip lining through a spectacular cloud forest.”

Costa Rica’s national flower is an exquisite orchid - the guaria morada (Guarianthe skinneri), known for its purple hues and diamond-like shimmer, which has long been an important feature in Costa Rican homes.

The partnership between Eden and Costa Rica extends well beyond the home of the Biomes in Cornwall.

Eden’s global wing, Eden Project International Ltd (EPIL), works with the Matambú Nature Reserve on the Nicoya Peninsula on Costa Rica's Pacific coast, about 125 miles (200km) from the capital city of San Jose.

Here, 3,480 hectares (8,601 acres) of farm land was assembled more than 20 years ago and allowed to naturally regenerate into secondary growth tropical dry forest.

It is now a place where plants and wildlife can thrive and has benefitted the local community by safeguarding their water supply.

The project at the reserve explores the themes of ecological restoration, learning and research, sustainable livelihoods and sets a global example of a healthy landscape that includes humans.

David  Harland, Eden Project International chief executive, said: “Costa Rica has long been a leader in eco-tourism and the global environmental agenda.  We are delighted to be working in partnership with our Costa Rican friends both at Eden and on site at Reserva Matambú.”