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Working Together for a More Sustainable Future

Restoring Our Watershed (ROW) is a US-based non-profit organization (501c3) that has been working in the Nandamojo River Valley of Guanacaste, Costa Rica, for more than 10 years.

ROW began its work in 2000 with a series of university-level courses developed by Tom Peifer of El Centro Verde in Costa Rica, and Will Raap, founder of Gardener’s Supply Company, the Intervale Center in Vermont and Tierra Pacifica Ecological Community in Junquillal, Costa Rica. Ecologists, social entrepreneurs, educators, students and local residents came together over a period of several years to assess the various environmental and economic pressures on the watershed.

What emerged from this work was a commitment to restore and protect the land, water, flora and fauna of the Nandamojo watershed for future generations. ROW is pursuing this vision by modeling community-based environmental planning and sustainable land use techniques, and increasing the vitality and resiliency of the local economy.

ROW works in collaboration with many other local, national and international NGOs, as well as landowners, schools, farmers and government officials in the Nandamojo. The success of our projects depends on the strength of these valuable partnerships.

In 2011, the board of directors approved a contract with Impact Development Consultants, LLP, in order to successfully advance its mission. In doing so, it appointed Matt Rosensteele as Executive Director, and he has driven ROW’s mission as its director since then.