Among the many definitions of sustainability, the most relevant to Costa Rica is the capacity to improve the quality of human life while living within the earth’s supporting ecosystems. We have decided that certifying and maintaining carbon neutrality for our properties is ideal. We plan to reduce the carbon footprint by converting pasture to secondary growth rainforests. In Costa Rica, the National Standard INTE/DN 03:2016 (Methodology for Quantification and Reporting Greenhouse Gas Removals Resulting from Forestry Activities) defines the process to establish carbon neutrality. This quantitative method determines the annual amount of carbon captured by the trees in the forest. When the process is started, plots, each 15 – 25 meters square are delineated, trees in each plot are tagged and measured. By measuring the trees annually, we will determine the amount of carbon captured.

Sustainability is part of the fabric of PRFRP. The photographs show how in 25 years, secondary rainforest can grow and capture and sequester carbon.

Our sustainability definition requires that all three of the other pillars of PRFRP, increasing biodiversity, enhancing ecosystem services and expanding wildlife corridors are simultaneously realized.

Another aspect of sustainable ecotourism at Pierella is that it is possible to grow cocoa trees to make chocolate for the tourists who visit.

The adjacent football (soccer) field, with almond trees at the border of the forest, shows the stark contrast of the past and the present rainforest.



Carbon Capture
Ecosystem Services
Wildlife Corridors

Become part of the 'Butterfly Effect'

Why Pierella? What is a Pierella?

The Pierella is a butterfly native to Costa Rica – Pierella hevina.
This small creature is behind the theory of the ‘Butterfly Effect’
that states small efforts can result in far reaching outcomes.

Restoring rainforest results in these ‘Butterfly Effects’:
Biodiversity; carbon capture; ecosystem services;
sustainability; and wildlife corridors.