Restoring Our Watershed
Greening the Nandamojo
The Asociación para la protección de la cuenca del río Nandamojo, also known in the área between Junquillal and 27 de Abril de Santa Cruz as Restoring our Watershed, or ROW, is a non-profit organization that has been active in the Nandamojo River Valley of Guanacaste, Costa Rica since 2001. ROW is working to create a “green valley” with a healthy ecosystem and abundant opportunities for people to live and prosper. The efforts are focused in two areas: 1) Reclaiming the health and resiliency of natural areas identified as critically damaged or threatened (about 5-10% of the watershed), and 2) Reinvigorating local, sustainable food production to create green jobs.
A signature project of ROW is its “Bees for Trees” initiative, whereby it works with families to help them become expert beekeepers and stewards of their land. The excellent honey they produce is marketed in hotels along the Guanacaste coast and in the central valley.
The Guanacaste Community Fund has supported ROW with two matching grants. The first was to work with landowners to implement erosion control measures on their lands and, more recently, to expand a forested biological corridor along a portion of the banks of the Rio Nandamojo. The GCF is also partnering with the Rio Nandamojo Donor Advised Fund to sponsor a series of hands-on symposiums for landowners to share knowledge and experience in sustainable farming and erosion control.
- 8,000 saplings planted
- Helped 6 watershed families increase their incomes through beekeeping. The honey company established by ROW is on track to collect $20,000 in honey in 2015
- Planted 2km of water-harvesting contour line barriers
Matt Rosensteele, Executive Director