Our mission is to assist communities throughout Latin America in regenerating rainforest assets and restoring native habitats to encourage healthier lifestyles, economies and opportunities.
A general consensus seems to be that many of the activities observed on a regular basis in rural areas of Latin America – slash and burn agriculture, endangered species poaching, deforestation, industrial and governmental corruption of communities – are relics of the past. Yet those of us living in these wilder frontiers realize that threats to the environment and its inhabitants are imminent and ongoing. Daily reminders come in the form of contaminated water sources, naked swaths of newly deforested mountainsides, obvious pockets of human birth defects and slaughtered wildlife.
At The Bellavista Initiative, we believe that conservation in marginalized areas like ours must be approached deliberately and holistically. New ideas and methods must be implemented with respect to generations of customs, beliefs, and activities that might conflict with the progressive changes necessary to preserve and restore ecosystems and communities. Our outreach programs are tailored to address the special challenges inherent to growing conservation efforts within an area that supports a variety of land uses.
Our inaugural year of programs, fundraising, and outreach will focus on applying remedies to some of the most pressing ecological and social maladies impacting the Southern Zone of Costa Rica directly around our community. We believe there are countless opportunities to affect immediate positive changes in this region that we call home. Because our setting is speckled with a variety of land uses – primary and secondary growth rainforests, industrial agricultural lands, protected areas, and struggling populations – it acts as an ideal incubator for the specialized programs necessary to create systemic changes that will protect and restore rainforest assets and communities. Our programs for 2012/2013 will serve as a litmus test for similar regions throughout Latin America that face the same environmental, economic and social challenges that we do. Our intent is to grow our programs and outreach in the years ahead.