BaumInvest: Another quite new way of getting involved with BaumInvest is the Natural Forest Conservation Program – in other words, a tree sponsorship in a natural forest with the addition of having ten more tropical trees planted.
Homola: On our most recent trip, Antje Virkus and I visited the areas in La Virgen where the trees of the tree sponsors are located. You silently walk through that forest on a thin layer of humus, it is dark because it’s so densely overgrown, and you can hear howler monkeys – that ‘s a very special experience in such a natural forest. And it makes you realize once again how important it is to preserve the natural forests of this earth.
BaumInvest: Which brings us to the topic of climate change, which is increasingly causing problems for forests in general and natural forests in particular: through drought, fire, and the increasing number of extreme weather events such as hurricanes. Which brings us to the question we are often asked by interested investors: How can we ensure that the forests of BaumInvest will survive in the long term – keyword risk management.
Homola: First of all, there is always a certain risk involved in reforestation projects. After all, we are working with forests, with nature, which we cannot control completely – fortunately. In Germany, we have seen how entire needleleaf forests under drought stress were attacked by bark beetles. You always have to take potential failings into account. In my opinion, however, the risk for Costa Rica is relatively low. On the one hand because of the stable political conditions, on the other hand because of the natural conditions. Especially in the Zona Norte, where BaumInvest’s plantations are located, hurricanes or similar damaging events are not to be expected.