Restoring Our Watershed (ROW) is a non-profit organization that has been active in the Nandamojo River Valley of Guanacaste, Costa Rica since 2001. We are working to create a “green valley” with a healthy ecosystem and abundant opportunities for people to live and prosper. Our efforts are focused in two areas:
- Reclaiming the health and resiliency of natural areas identified as critically damaged or threatened. An estimated 5-10% of the watershed has been targeted for environmental restoration.
- Reinvigorating local, sustainable food production to create green jobs.
This two-pronged approach reflects our belief that environmental restoration is not enough. Thousands of people live and work in the Nandamojo watershed. Our programs seek to protect our natural resources while cultivating a vibrant, resilient economy.
News from the Valley
Didier Zúñiga and his family are doing amazing work. ROW gave them a $2,500 Bees for Trees loan to begin producing honey in 2012. In exchange for the opportunity, they planted a thousand native species saplings on their farm, reforesting a hill wedged between two seasonal creeks.
Over the next two years, Didier’s family produced and bottled over 1,000 pounds of honey, fully repaying their loan this past March. Many of the trees they planted are now 15 feet tall and ROW has given Didier a second loan to add fifteen more hives to the operation.