Costa Rica: Biodiversity partnerships
We all love bananas, but there’s more to growing them than just planting a few trees. As plantations and cattle farms developed in Costa Rica, areas of rainforest became isolated and disconnected from each other. This meant that the animal species living there were cut off from others. This caused problems in terms of reproduction – and the shrinking gene pool affected the natural processes of evolution.
Nature and Community Project
To tackle this, Chiquita and Migros set up a ‘biodiversity partnership’ in 2003. In 2004, the biodiversity partnership –the Nature and Community Project – was officially launched. The German government’s development corporation, GTZ, joined in 2005 and Asda’s sourcing arm, IPL, joined in 2011. Together, these companies work with local businesses, schools, communities, scientists and government institutions to help protect and preserve Costa Rica’s biodiversity.
The motto of the biodiversity partnerships is: ‘conserving biodiversity, with the community and for the community’.Read more.