Monday, June 26, 2006

Farmers: Costa Rica National Park Generates Critical Rainfall

In her talk, "Research and Conservation on the Osa Peninsula after Corcovado National Park's Creation, 1975-1990", conservation biologist, Catherine Christen, noted that farmers to the east of the Costa Rican National Park say that its establishment has been a boon to their livelihoods. This is because maintaining the intact and breathtakingly diverse coastal tropical rainforest has helped generate and maintain the rainfall that they need to sustain their successful operations. This is a good reminder of the valuable ecosystem service of generating precipitation/maintaining the climate that is provided by healthy rainforests.

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