Posts tagged ‘rainforest’

September 14, 2011

Costa Rica Rainforest Treehouses

Costa Rica treehouse

Treehouse wonder in Costa Rica

“I’m fed up and I’m not gonna take it anymore!” If this is your current state of mind then consider this… Finca Bellavista: A Sustainable Rainforest Community.. Located on the base of an almost 6,000 foot primary rainforest mountain on the South Pacific Coast of Costa Rica – not far from the Pan American Highway, Finca Bellavista was created with the sole purpose of preserving 300 acres of local rainforest by offering a unique opportunity for ecologically minded property owners to live sustainably in and steward a managed rainforest environment. Forty years ago this would have been a no-brainer for me, but now there are other considerations that have to do with convenience stores, healthcare, 24 hour fitness…should I go

But for those of you who are more adventurous this is an alternative lifestyle that bears looking into.

With a principle focus of creating a balance between maintaining a fragile habitat for wildlife and using natural resources wisely, Finca Bellavista aims to implement sustainable energy practices such as hydroelectric and solar power, while operating a full-fledged recycling center and a common garden area for the community. This might make it an eco-utopia for some, but for others it’s a possible solution for dovetailing conservation with development.

As per Finca Bellavista‘s guidelines on their website, treehouses in the community must be low-impact, stilt-built or arboreal dwellings that utilize a rainwater catch system to provide water for each unit. Waste that is generated is to be treated with “a cutting-edge technology found in biodigestors”. A “hydroelectric turbine system” will power the entire community. The power grid will run via a system of transformers and underground power cables installed along the horseshoe-shaped main access road that runs throughout the community, producing peak power of 62 kilowatts at the generator leads. The power system at Finca Bellavista will produce clean, sustainable, and extremely reliable power for the community, all the while virtually eliminating any monthly electricity bills for residents.

Fancy a bit of socializing or Tarzan action? Residents can opt for either the community’s system of ground trails or its ‘Sky Trail’ network of zip lines and platforms that deliver them to and from their homes in the rainforest canopy. Missing the outside world? A main parking lot exists at the community’s base area, where high-speed Internet and WIFI are available.

The proprietors state that “these requirements will not only preserve the integrity of the rainforest canopy and its inhabitants, but will also provide an unusual and adventurous lifestyle for human dwellers as well. Imagine waking to the sounds of a tropical bird symphony or catching a zip-line to meet up with friends for a meal or an evening cocktail…” This might be a bit too much of an ewok housing scenario for some, or a real estate development plan that should simply exist as a rainforest preserve, but for now it is on the table as a possibility for how “going native” might be the wave of the future or the cure for what ails us.

Read more: ECO EWOK TREEHOUSES: Finca Bellavista Rainforest Village Finca Bellavista – Inhabitat – Green Design Will Save the World

October 13, 2010

Destruction Of The Indonesian Rain Forest

It’s hard to keep up with major corporations and their willing ness to destroy natural habitats in the quest for large profits but writer Laurie Sophie Schnee does a great job of exposing Wilmar International, Asia’s leading agribusiness group in the following article.Rainforest being decimated by Wilmar coproration

The world’s most influential palm oil corporations, especially Wilmar International Limited, drive a large number of palm oil plants in Indonesia.
The recent financial crisis, had a great negative impact on Wilmars economic situation. But a corporation lacking responsibility must not be rewarded by sourcing its shortsighted cropping projects. Palm oil is included in almost every product of our daily lives, just as for instance peanut butter, a large number of cosmetics or instant soups. The increase of palm oil consumption, though, has lead to a high variety of crimes against humanity commited for the end of our luxury.
The native population are brutally expelled from their land, which often is illegally bought by Wilmar. To make the land arable, precious rain forest, being home not only to indigene cultures, but also to a large amount of species, including also orangutans, is burnt down and substituted by a monoculture of oil palms. After three years, the successful cropping requests the intense use of fertilizers, due to the laterite containig soil, which, after contact with oxigene, becomes infertile.

The beautiful rainforests of Indonesia

Rainforest of Indonesia

The native people have no choice but to work on the plants -under horrible conditions. Low-paid and not even equipped with basic work protection measures, the workers are slogging under completely inhumane conditions and threatened and persecuted in case of slightest criticism. Due to the infertility of the soil, the damage done to the primary rain forest is irreversible. No forestation project can ever restore the unique ecological community destroyed by bulldozers and “casual” bush and forest fires.


One of the world's most interesting primates

One of our closest relatives in the evolution of mankind, the orang-utan is robbed its home, helpless orang-utan babies are made orphans by killing their mothers. A sad fate is awaiting them: If not killed by farm workers or starvation, they are sold to the end of entertainment of paying spectators, forced to endure endless tortures and to lead unhappy, very mournful lives. It is brought into scientific discussion including great apes into the genus of mankind for them feeling and reflecting very similarly to the way we do. The destruction of Indonesian rain forest by Wilmar not only affects the biodiversity, but also the providing of human rights to Indonesian’s indigenous population.

Tell World Bank President Robert Zoellick you neither appreciate Wilmar’s attitude towards human rights nor its sourcing by World Bank’s funds, which is also fed by your hard-earned taxes!