About the Corridor
The Naranjo River Biological Corridor’s origins start in 2001, when it was first created by the Alliance to regenerate the habitat from Manuel Antonio National Park along the Naranjo River basin. It belongs to the National Network of Corridors and to the Mesoamerican Network of Corridors.
The corridor comprises an area of approximately 55.350 acres, embracing a forest cover of 45% of mainly primary and secondary forests.
The Habitat Reforestation Program has reforested more than 65.000 native trees along priority areas and according to biodiversity conservation goals since 2002. Selection of areas for reforestation considers proximity to watersheds, fragmented habitats and designed connectivity routes within the Naranjo River Biological Corridor. The organization gives minimum three-year maintenance for all reforested species, ensuring a successful growth rate. The Habitat Reforestation Program has achieved a very positive 90-95% regeneration rate for reforested areas.
The Environmental Education Program “Educatiti” has been conceived for the children of the Naranjo River Biological Corridor. Educatiti is reaching more than 750 kids per year. The program involves three-monthly courses of classroom lessons, school nurseries, environmental field-trips and reforestation days. During 2014, 14 schools out of the 20 within or close to the Corridor are fully receiving the program.
Local public entities such as the ICE (nationalelectric) company, the Environment Ministery MINAET and the local community development and water management associations are also direct participants of the corridor´s development.
Who is Involved
Naranjo River Biological Corridor includes more than 22 communities that total 12.000 inhabitants. Community participation is achieved through the election of Local Corridor Council.
During 2014, 14 out of the 20 target schools within the corridor benefit from Educatiti, the Environmental Education Program offered by Titi Conservation Alliance. The organization is working to ensure the participation of all local schools.
Local companies, member businesses and volunteering groups are also involved in the habitat reforestation program of the Corridor thanks to the initiatives taking place every year from May until October. More than 65.000 trees have been reforested so far. For producing the trees, the Alliance has a program of school nurseries where kids learn and participate in the entire process.