Avellanas Mangrove Restoration Project

To restore the Avellanas Mangrove to its former green glory, and to raise awareness to the importance of these ecosystems

Felipe Zahr

Avellanas, Costa Rica

I'm the kinda guy that would float around in an inflatable and look at the sky if I were to be lost in the high seas.
The Purpose of this project is to help the Avellanas Mangrove biome be able to grow and sustain itself, after being damaged in a natural catastrophe years ago. But that is not all. The reason this project transcends just this community is that one of our main goals is to spread awareness of the importance of the mangrove, and direct people’s attention towards this important biome, who serves as a birthplace for many marine life species.

Our objective is to create a ripple effect: spark interest in Mangrove Restoration by drawing attention towards our efforts.

Felipe Efeiche Zahr

What I like:
I love talking and having conversations. Getting to know a person and understand their life and their culture is really enriching, but i'd say my defining passion is that I have a lot of interest in trying new things, visiting new places and all around discovering something new. The feeling of expanding your horizons and becoming a deeper, more knowledgeable person is extremely exciting to me!
What I Do:
Honestly, I want to bring back what was once a hub of vivid, breathtaking nature, who was unfortunately stripped away from the local community from nature herself. I Like to think that I am paying nature back a small fraction of what it has given me so far, and that if all of us could do so, we'd be living in a way healthier place right now. I think that this is a big step for me as a person. I have never been much of a nature guy, so getting my hands dirty and helping out is something that I think will really expand on me as a person. Also, getting to understand and connect to the local community is something I value a lot, just getting to understand their motivations and lifestyle is interesting to me. Connecting to Costa Rica, considering that I moved here only 3 years ago, is a nice side effect from a project with such a large scale.
What I Want:
I can say with a fair amount of confidence that I am a pretty good writer with an extensive vocabulary. One of the main situations this helps with is sounding knowledgeable when you're really not (trust me, it happens) and to overall seem more cultured. I also apply these tricks to my public speaking, and I can comfortably say I am able to speak in an indefinite amount of people, and be okay with making mistakes or just straight up flopping. Which helps, because it also happens more commonly than you think, and it's good to not let your mistakes shape you. Finally, I've been told I'm a good listener, who gives good advice. Not necessarily a very academic talent, but I'd say it's one of my defining skills when it comes to my social life.

Communities

Community
Key Person
Description
Environmental Caregiver
Erika Quiñones
Coordinator of La Paz Community School, who cares very passionately about the environment.
Community Worker
Mayan Koren
Co-Founder of the Mangrove Restoration project; one of the kindest and most dedicated people I know.
Environmental Project Runner
Ernst Van Der Poll
CEO for the American branch of Connect Ocean, a company dedicated to protecting the world's oceans.

Interviews

Interview With Erika Quiñones

What are our community strengths?
I think that we are really informed, we know when something is right or wrong; so when we do something wrong, we know it. We also have resources, both economic and human, who can be used in pro of the environment. Finally, we are able to, by education, create a caring culture to the next generation.
What does this community need?
Make partnerships with companies and groups around us, and in other countries, worldwide, that can come and provide us with support, information or resources.
What does this community have to share?
The whole CAS program we have, is unique, and other schools should look to it and learn, since it is such a key process to IB. It's important to share this enriching process with other institutions.

Interview With Mayan Koren

What are our community strengths?
The best interest of the mangrove; they truly wanted to help the ecosystem and the community. They understood the importance of it.
What does this community need?
We need more awareness to the issue: we have all just accepted that that is just how nature is; even though most of us know it's not, we still do nothing to help.
We also need to be more educated, leading us through the processes of the mangrove's life and death. There is no research teams to help with resources, unless a private corporation comes in.
What does this community have to share?
They have a passion for the place they come from: they call the place home and want to take care of it. They have motivation, hope and are willing to make a change, sharing their hope with the community by taking action themselves.

Interview With Ernst Van Der Poll

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Task
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Weeks

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Continue planting and nurturing the nursery

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Team Meeting

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Transferring the Mangroves from the Nursery

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Start teaching the 5th graders

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Budget

Expenses

Item
Amount
Informational signs
$250
Water bills due to lack of Water.
$500
Food
$1000
Transport
$400

Resources

Description
Source
Value
Collaboration and educational material for the Mangrove Explorer Weekend
ConnectOcean
$800
Paying the Water bill for watering the nursery
Kind Strangers; Wonderment Grant
$500
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