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  • Alexis Rosen

    I hope you won't neglect the importance of the coasts in their natural state. For the most part the indigenous people of the area do not live along the coast. If it were just the descendants of First Time still living there, there wouldn't be a big environmental issue here. But there are million dollar houses being built on the water by foreigners who had full knowledge of the concession laws when they bought and built. Theirs is a different issue than that of the locals'.

  • Anna Clark

    Thanks for highlighting the issues in the cocoa industry and for presenting some simple ways that consumers can help address these challenges. As you mentioned, consumers can support the responsible production of cocoa by looking for the Rainforest Alliance CertifiedTM seal on chocolate. The green frog seal is an assurance that the cocoa in chocolate comes from farms that conserve the environment, protect wildlife and support the rights and well-being of workers. I also want to note that the Rainforest Alliance is actually working with both Mondelez and Hershey to help them adopt environmentally, socially and economically sustainable practices. In fact, Hershey’s Bliss and Dagoba product lines now carry the green frog seal on packaging. For a full list of chocolates that feature the seal, visit the Rainforest Alliance’s Shop the Frog page: And for a list of companies currently working with the Rainforest Alliance to adopt sustainable practices, visit:


    Anna (Rainforest Alliance)

  • Bruce Weaver

    This discussing brings up feelings around seemingly legitimate GOOD projects that are making change or seemingly making change. Heres an example about two people who are buying up land in Detroit to turn it into a community farm project.
    Sounds great. But again read between the lines and do your homework on such projects. They can be nothing more than FACADES vs a real community project.
    Then read this article
    So its a delicate path to really walk IN GOODNESS vs we are thinking we are doing good vs we really have an agenda or some group/self indulgent outcome.
    Just a thought.

  • Kristin Pedemonti

    Thank you for realizing the importance of a communities Story and the inherent value in many of the indigenous populations respect for water and land. Though true as one response said it, not all indigenous are in harmony with the land. When we LISTEN and Learn from each other's good practices we can do so much more to protect and preserve the environment. It sounds like you are doing much GREAT work! thank you for sharing your project and best wishes in the future!

  • bayardfenwick

    My experience on the Talamanca coast is that more often than not locals love eating turtle eggs and see it as their right. Someone invented the notion that all indigenous cultures live in harmony with nature. Additionally maritime zone laws are there to protect the land, flora and fauna that existed long before these communities (indigenous or not) arrived. These communities should be given land off of the water to replace the footprint of their coastal dwellings. By the way - this goes for every house / building globally that is currently built on the water.
    Globally, our coasts are under attack by permanent structures being built and reinforced, not to mention poor waste water management. Habitat destruction is conservation's biggest enemy. I sincerely hope your project addresses the environmental conservation education of local (and tourist) populations. There may be a behavior change that your profiled community can champion that furthers the preservation of their rich cultural fabric and the plants, animals etc. that also call it home.

  • julie12

    Gentrification of Costa Rica.

  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    I love your tips about how we can all do our part in being a little more educated about environmental conservation. Wondering if there are any orgs that you recommend us getting to know that are doing conservation right? Also- what have been the most shocking stories you've heard from landowners other than the ones above?