Footprints4ourFuture: A Crowdfunding Campaign for Sustainable Reforestation and Job Creation in Costa Rica

Giancarlo Pucci, PNUD Costa Rica
Publicado: 16 Mayo 2023
Última edición: 16 Mayo 2023
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Summary

In Costa Rica, the "Footprints4ourFuture" (Huella del Futuro) crowdfunding campaign was launched by BIOFIN and spearheaded by the Vice-President, raised 1.7 million US dollars to reduce unemployment exacerbated by COVID-19, while restoring ecosystems and reforesting vulnerable public-owned lands. With the approval of the first incubation program in Costa Rica for sustainable tourism in indigenous areas, "Raíces" by the Sustainable Development Bank's Governing Council, in total US$ 577.5K mobilized; including US$ 168.5K for the 2022 edition of Raíces, US$ 345K for the CRE-C Program, and US$ 64K for the portfolio of sustainable tourism in Biological Corridors. The program is seeking to mobilize funding through planting and/or restoration of 200,000 trees and 5 years of their maintenance, monitor its implementation, systematize learning and institutionalize the financial mechanism.

Clasificaciones

Region
América Central
Scale of implementation
Local
Nacional
Subnacional
Ecosystem
Agro-ecosistema
Agroforesteria
Area-wide development
Bosques tropicales de hoja perenne
Connective infrastructure, networks and corridors
Ecosistema urbano
Ecosistemas de agua dulce
Ecosistemas forestales
Humedales (pantano, turberas)
Pasto
Piscina, lago, estanque
Río, corriente
Techos verdes / muros verdes
Áreas verdes (parques, jardines, bosque urbano)
Theme
Actores locales
Ciudades e infraestructuras
Comunicación y divulgación
Conocimientos tradicionales
Especies y la extinción
Financiación sostenible
Geodiversidad y geoconservación
Gestión y planificación de áreas protegidas y conservadas
Gobernanza de las áreas protegidas y conservadas
Incorporación de la perspectiva de género
Institucionalización de la biodiversidad
Manejo de bosques
Mantenimiento de infraestructura
Medios de vida sostenibles
One Health
Poblaciones indígenas
Provisión y manejo del agua
Salud y bienestar humano
Seguridad alimentaria
Servicios ecosistémicos
Turismo
Species Conservation and One Health Interventions
Traslados de conservación de especies
Planificación de la conservación de especies
One Health
El vínculo entre biodiversidad y salud
Sistemas alimentarios
Buena gobernanza territorial
Urban and Disaster Risk Management
City management, governance and finance
Challenges
Degradación de tierras y bosques
Pérdida de la biodiversidad
Pérdida de ecosistemas
Desarrollo de Infraestructura
Falta de acceso a financiación a largo plazo
Falta de oportunidades de ingresos alternativos
Cambios en el contexto socio-cultural
Falta de conciencia del público y de los responsables de la toma de decisiones
Desempleo / pobreza
Sustainable development goals
ODS 5 - Igualidad de género
ODS 10- Reducción de las desigualidades
ODS 11 - Ciudades y comunidades sostenibles
ODS 13 - Acción por el clima
ODS 15 - Vida de ecosistemas terrestres
ODS 17 - Alianzas para lograr los objetivos
Business engagement approach
Compromiso directo con asociaciones
Indirecto a través de instituciones financieras
Indirecto a través del gobierno
Indirecto a través de actores legales

Ubicación

Costa Rica

Impacts

The Huella del Futuro #Footprint4ourFuture  program seeks to mobilize resources so that groups, organizations, and individuals can continue their work and increase their impact. Program is aiming to promote:

  • Carbon capture
  • Protections for water resources
  • Biodiversity conservation
  • Enhancement of scenic beauty
  • Food supply
  • Job generation and entrepreneurial opportunities
  • Approximately 157 direct jobs during the first 5 years

To date, there have been several positive impacts demonstrated:

  • Mobilization of US$1.7 million for reforestation and ecosystem restoration projects in Northern Costa Rica
  • Successful implementation of the Footprints4ourFuture initiative, achieving 94% of its initial target
  • Creation of green jobs and reduction of unemployment exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Support for women in charge of reforestation efforts at the community level, benefiting 139 women and 121 men from vulnerable rural communities in Northern Costa Rica
  • Approval of the "Raíces" (Roots) program, the first incubation program for sustainable tourism in indigenous areas in Costa Rica
  • Mobilization of US$577.5K for various sustainability initiatives, including Raíces and the CRE-C Program
  • Introduction of protected area fees that could generate over US$3 million in new revenue, fully earmarked to the country's protected area agency (SINAC)

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Gamze Akarsu United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), BIOFIN