OWN A RAIN FOREST IN COSTA RICA
A NEW APPROACH TO SAVE THE RAINFOREST
BECOME AN OWNER OF 1000 square meters
and co-owner of a 250 acres large tropical Rain-Forest
The major burden to
preserve and protect the Tropical Rain Forest rests on the shoulders of
the individual landowners, often small farmers and individuals for whom
the piece of Rain Forest represents a major part of their capital and
preserving it means great personal and economic sacrifice.
The Government pays a
compensations to the individual
owners of Rain Forests, but the compensation is rather small (about
US$46.00 net per hectare or 2.5 acres) per year for a maximum of 300
hectares (750 acres).
Laguna del Lagarto Lodge,
www.lagarto-lodge-costa-rica.com/,a small Hotel in the northern zone of
Costa Rica has developed the following Pilot Project to make the
ownership of Tropical Rain Forests available to anyone who is seriously
concerned to preserve and protect this precious resource for mankind.
Laguna del Lagarto Lodge
has transferred 100 hectares (2.5 acres = 1 hectare = 10,000 square
meters) of its primary Tropical Rain Forest to a new Company duly
registered under the laws of Costa Rica, called :
BOSQUE LLUVIOSO DE SAN
CARLOS DCA, S.A.
This new company has
issued 1000 common shares, giving the owner all the rights the law
confers to a normal shareholder and 1000 preferred shares giving the
shareholder the right to undivided ownership of the equivalent of 1000
square meters (1196 square yards) of primary Rain Forest with no right
to any individualized use of the undivided 100 hectares of the Rain
Forest, owned by the company. The common and the preferred shares are
being sold to the public
jointly as a package which cannot be divided giving thus the owner the
full rights of a common shareholder and ownership right of 1000
square meters (1196 square yards) of primary tropical Rain Forest.
The Hotel Laguna del
Lagarto Lodge assumes the administration of the new company without any
costs and will guarantee the protection of the Rain Forest.. In addition
it offers each shareholder and his direct family (spouse and children) a
permanent 20% discount on the prevailing room rates and in addition one
free night (in a double room) every 5 years. Since the Hotel is on the
edge of the Rain Forest the shareholder will have an easy access to the
In order to strengthen
the assurance for the shareholders that the Rain Forest will be
preserved permanently, an ecological easement has been registered in
favor of the Hotel giving the Hotel the right to use the Rain Forest for
eco-tourism and the right to
interfere should the majority of the new shareholders act against sound
As mentioned above, the
100 hectares enjoy the benefits of the Government Forest Protection Law,
which obliges the maintenance of the Rain Forest, makes the company
beneficiary of the $46.00 per hectare annual subsidy, grants property
tax exemption and protects the property from illegal invasion
The prime purpose of the
company is the preservation, protection and maintenance of the Rain
Forest. Nevertheless, the profit motive is not excluded and will be
pursued within the framework of sound ecological principles if the
majority of the shareholders decide so.
Potential earning sources
1. Eco - Tourism, charging an entrance fee (not
higher than the fees charged for entering the National Parks) for using
the forest trails.
2. Renting the Rain Forest to Research
3. Limited Harvesting medicinal plants
4. Sale of CO2 absorption, (1 hectare of Rain
Forest absorbs between 5 to 10 tons of CO2 per year)
5. Government subsidy of presently approximate
$46.00 - per hectare per year
6. Any other earning source
which may arise.
This pilot project is
probably the first of its kind in the world and offers an effective way
to make the ownership of Rain Forest available to everybody interested
in its preservation.
The amount of the
investment is rather small .The share-package (one common and one
preferred share) is being offered for US$ 250.00 The shareholder can
sell his shares at any time with a potential increase in value.