Carbon Compensation
through reforestation

Forestry concept:
Carbon Compensation

In addition to our Forestry Concept: Sustainable Forestry we have developed another innovative reforestation concept, which focuses on carbon storage: the Forestry Concept – Carbon Compensation.

The overarching goal of our reforestation concept is the formation of a near-natural forest in which natural, self-regulating cycles take place through limited human intervention and accompanying vegetation (“cover crops”), which complements our plants in useful ways. This creates a resilient plant community that removes carbon from the atmosphere and stores it.

Depending on the site, an individual selection from up to 24 different, predominantly native tree species is made. These tree species differ in growth rate, carbon storage capacity, and life span – and they complement each other in meaningful ways. We thus provide the impetus for a self-contained ecosystem resembling a rainforest, which continues to permanently unfold without human intervention and the use of chemicals.

Aerial view of the reforestation areas for carbon offsetting in the north of Costa Rica

Forestry Concept:
Carbon Compensation

In addition to our Forestry Concept: Sustainable Forestry we have developed another innovative reforestation concept, which focuses on carbon storage: the Forestry Concept – Carbon Compensation.

The overarching goal of our reforestation concept is the formation of a near-natural forest in which natural, self-regulating cycles take place through limited human intervention and accompanying vegetation (“cover crops”), which complements our plants in useful ways. This creates a resilient plant community that removes carbon from the atmosphere and stores it.

Depending on the site, an individual selection from up to 24 different, predominantly native tree species is made. These tree species differ in growth rate, carbon storage capacity, and life span – and they complement each other in meaningful ways. We thus provide the impetus for a self-contained ecosystem resembling a rainforest, which continues to permanently unfold without human intervention and the use of chemicals.

Aerial view of the reforestation areas for carbon offsetting in the north of Costa Rica

Special features

What makes our planting concept really special is that wherever possible, we use mainly seeds – and seedlings to a limited extent.

In this innovative concept, supplementary annual and perennial plants are added to the tree seeds in the planting holes. They assist in even more nitrogen fixing and take over important protection and maintenance measures. We can thus push back aggressive and invasive grasses n a natural way.

We then plant extra pulses around the planting hole, which protect the tree seeds from pests. We manage to achieve an improvement of soil quality and protect the tree from weather conditions at the same time.

Finally, root plants and tuberous plants (such as yucca and turmeric) are planted adjacent to this planting circle to further protect the young plants against pests, in addition to acting as ground cover and providing shade.

Our concept is based on mimicking the development of a natural forest. This enables the growth of a resilient planting community that guarantees care, protection, and growth for our target tree species.

Schematic diagram: Forestry concept: Carbon compensation
Antje Virkus plants an Almendro-Seedling
Seed mixture

Special features

What makes our planting concept really special is that wherever possible, we use mainly seeds – and seedlings to a limited extent.

In this innovative concept, supplementary annual and perennial plants are added to the tree seeds in the planting holes. They assist in even more nitrogen fixing and take over important protection and maintenance measures. We can thus push back aggressive and invasive grasses n a natural way.

We then plant extra pulses around the planting hole, which protect the tree seeds from pests. We manage to achieve an improvement of soil quality and protect the tree from weather conditions at the same time.

Schematic diagram: Forestry concept: Carbon compensation
Finally, root plants and tuberous plants (such as yucca and turmeric) are planted adjacent to this planting circle to further protect the young plants against pests, in addition to acting as ground cover and providing shade.

Our concept is based on mimicking the development of a natural forest. This enables the growth of a resilient planting community that guarantees care, protection, and growth for our target tree species.

Antje Virkus plants an Almendro-Seedling
Seed mixture

Our Fincas

Los Chiles

Los Chiles is our northernmost site and is located on the border with Nicaragua. The southern part of this reforestation area borders directly on the well-known protected area “Refugio de Vida Silvestre Caño Negro”. Through our reforestation work, we are expanding existing biodiversity corridors and creating new habitats for flora and fauna. Before we acquired the approximately 720 hectares of land in 2022, this area was predominantly used for livestock farming – and its condition was accordingly.

Fast facts

Location: Region Alajuela, Kanton Los Chiles
Size: 721 Hektar
Subdivision: Caño Negro und Llano Alegre
Reforestation(s):  Start in 2022
Tree species: A site-specific selection from 24 predominantly indigenous tree species with high carbon sequestration potential and different growth rates, e.g. Almendro and Botarrama.

Guatuso

Guatuso, with its approximately 820 hectares, is our largest site in terms of area and is located in the north of Costa Rica. This region is mainly characterised by its topographical features with its hilly landscape. This topography is very similar to that of our farm in La Virgen. Reforestation is particularly important in these regions to prevent soil erosion. Before we acquired this land in 2022, it was used for cattle breeding.

Fast facts

Location: Region Alajuela, Kanton Guatuso und San Carlos
Size: 827 Hektar
Subdivision: El Pato 1,2,3, Quebradon 1,2, Santa Lucia
Reforestation(s): Beginn 2022
Tree species: A site-specific selection from 24 predominantly indigenous tree species with high carbon sequestration potential and different growth rates, e.g. Almendro and Botarrama.

Our Fincas

Los Chiles

Los Chiles is our northernmost site and is located on the border with Nicaragua. The southern part of this reforestation area borders directly on the well-known protected area “Refugio de Vida Silvestre Caño Negro”. Through our reforestation work, we are expanding existing biodiversity corridors and creating new habitats for flora and fauna. Before we acquired the approximately 720 hectares of land in 2022, this area was predominantly used for livestock farming – and its condition was accordingly.

Fast facts

Location: Region Alajuela, Kanton Los Chiles
Size: 721 Hektar
Subdivision: Caño Negro und Llano Alegre
Reforestation(s):  Start in 2022
Tree species: A site-specific selection from 24 predominantly indigenous tree species with high carbon sequestration potential and different growth rates, e.g. Almendro and Botarrama.

Guatuso

Guatuso, with its approximately 820 hectares, is our largest site in terms of area and is located in the north of Costa Rica. This region is mainly characterised by its topographical features with its hilly landscape. This topography is very similar to that of our farm in La Virgen. Reforestation is particularly important in these regions to prevent soil erosion. Before we acquired this land in 2022, it was used for cattle breeding.

Fast facts

Location: Region Alajuela, Kanton Guatuso und San Carlos
Size: 827 Hektar
Subdivision: El Pato 1,2,3, Quebradon 1,2, Santa Lucia
Reforestation(s): Beginn 2022
Tree species: A site-specific selection from 24 predominantly indigenous tree species with high carbon sequestration potential and different growth rates, e.g. Almendro and Botarrama.

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