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The Children’s Eternal Rain Forest

The Children’s Eternal Rainforest (or “BEN” after its Spanish name, Bosque Eterno de los Nińos) is so named because it was bought and protected thanks to the fundraising efforts of children from around the world. The campaign was sparked by a group of Swedish primary school students in the late 1980’s, and quickly gained support from other schools, individuals, and organizations from 44 different countries.

The BEN is the largest private reserve in Costa Rica and, straddling 7 different life zones, is one of the most biologically diverse 23,000 hectares on the planet. Although it covers just 0.0048% of the world’s land surface, it is home to a wildly disproportionate amount of the world’s flora and fauna: 2% of the world’s orchids, 3% of the world’s ferns, 3% of the world’s butterflies, and almost 5% of the world’s bird species, to give just a few examples. It is also important as a watershed, feeding numerous downstream communities, farms, and hydroelectric projects. And it is the backbone of a block of protected areas that draws tens of thousands of visitors from around the world each year, and thus provides the economic mainstay for thousands of local families.

The BEN is owned and managed by the Monteverde Conservation League, a Costa Rican nonprofit organization. To date, the MCL’s main achievement has been to purchase and protect this wonderland, and it continues to acquire critical, strategic pieces of land when funds area available. The organization’s main focus now, however, is on other forms of consolidation – specifically, seeking ways to achieve greater financial sustainability, strengthen its education programs, and foster more research in the BEN. We need your support to make this happen!

How can I support the BEN?

• Make a donation! [Link to http://acmcr.org/donations.htm]
• Visit the BEN
• Volunteer!
• Do research in the BEN
Contact us at +506 2645-5200 or info@acmcr.org for more information.

         
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