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Eden Project Costa Rica

Eden Project Costa Rica is an ambitious plan to restore a thriving "biological corridor" of dry tropical forest while supporting local communities on the Nicoya Peninsula on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica.

Intro

Eden is working with the Matambú Forest Nature Reserve, which in the last 20 years has regrown a vast swathe of degraded farm land into secondary growth tropical dry forest, part of Costa Rica’s remarkable programme of reforestation and restoring biodiversity.

Did you know?

Thanks to a world-leading government rewilding programme, 60% of Costa Rica is covered in forests.

Eden’s ambitious plan is to continue the regeneration of this forest and expand its area across the peninsula, encouraging the return of wildlife (including jaguars and tapirs) and work with the local communities to create a region that is sustainable both environmentally and economically.

This will involve creating training and education programmes which encourage business and employment opportunities which are symbiotic with the forest.

Encouraging sustainable tourism to help spread the message of regeneration around the world will be a vital part of this vision.

The miracle of Matambú

Map of Costa Rica with Matambú marked by a pin

Matambú represents the vision of the Danish entrepreneur, Peder Kolind who, starting in 1996, bought 42 derelict farms on the Nicoya Peninsula. The land was seriously degraded from multiple generations of logging and cattle farming – all that remained was a tiny island of primary forest surrounded by desert.

In the nearby town of Paquera, the rivers ran dry for five months every year, fires raged, farms were scorched and there was unrest and great hardship. Peder had a dream to regrow the forest and transform both the land and the lives of those who lived there, by protecting the land and allowing nature back in.

Over the next 25 years, nature gradually healed the land at Matambú. Trees and vines regrew, the barren landscape transformed into lush green forest, birdsong and the hum of insects filled the air and rejuvenated rivers began to flow all year round.

The forest brought clouds, regular rainfall and cooler weather – a nurturing climate for all.

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Putting the size into perspective

  1. 3,447 ha (8,517 acres)

    The current size of the Matambú Reserve (equivalent to roughly 10 Central Parks in New York City).
  2. 65,218 ha (158,686 acres)

    The size of the "biological corridor", of which Matambú is a key part (almost the size of the whole of New York City).
  3. 1,304,360 ha (3,223,144 acres)

    The size of the proposed enlarged "biological corridor" (equivalent to New York City, London, Paris, Moscow, Cairo, Lagos, Mexico City and Tokyo combined).
  4. 1.6ha (4 acres)

    The size of the Eden Project Rainforest Biome in Cornwall.

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