Rancho Margot, innovator and educator in sustainable community development, permaculture and self-sufficiency, has announced the creation of a social responsibility fund. Juan Sostheim, owner and founder of Rancho Margot, developed the social responsibility fund in an effort to transfer up to 300 acres of Rancho Margot’s rainforest lands to the Children’s Eternal Rainforest of Costa Rica for permanent preservation and protection.
In order to liberate these lands and to legally transfer title to the Children’s Eternal Rainforest, Rancho Margot is reaching out to guests, environmental supporters and university programs who wish to visit Rancho Margot, in a unique financing approach that combines social responsibility with smart vacation planning.
Every dollar paid into the social responsibility fund will liberate one square foot of Rancho Margot property, in the contributor’s name, to the Children’s Eternal Rainforest, and that same dollar value will also hold its value for 20 years on account with Rancho Margot for future vacations or educational trips to be made by the contributor. Further, 10 percent of the total contribution will directly benefit the Children’s Eternal Rainforest by a direct donation to the Children’s Eternal Rainforest Endowment Fund which will assist in securing and stabilizing preservation processes.
The social responsibility fund ensures not only that critical land will be protected and preserved as soon as possible, but also that those who participate iare invited to visit, witness and enjoy what their contributions accomplish for generations to come, Rancho Margot said.
The plan to create a biological corridor between the lowland rainforest of El Castillo and the highland cloud forest of Monteverde.
In recent months a jaguar has been discovered to be killing livestock on the Rancho Margot property as well as nearby farms in an area that spans over 40 square kilometers. Night photos of the endangered jaguar reveal a beautiful animal that requires protection and safety.
For nine years Rancho Margot and forest rangers of the Children’s Eternal Rainforest have dealt, almost daily, with illegal hunters and land clearing for pastures on lands originally meant to be purchased by the government of Costa Rica. Title problems then and lack of government funds for land purchases today have left pockets of private property amidst otherwise protected lands. By establishing the social responsibility fund, Rancho Margot is laying the cornerstone for a protected biological corridor and forming the foundation for what may become a financing model for socially responsible community development for others to follow.
The appearance of the endangered jaguar, in the high reaches of Rancho Margot, was the wake-up call that lead to this decision by Rancho Margot founder Sostheim.
“I realized that my plan of building another mountaintop luxury eco development would only contribute to the problems we are facing. The reforestation work we have done has exceeded my wildest dreams in terms of the resurgence of a healthy, diverse eco-system. This jaguar made me realize that this land has become a part of me, and I have been lucky to see it regenerate as it has,” says Sostheim after nine years in the area.
“This transition zone is of critical importance to the environmental and cultural health of this region and the world. No less than 2 percent of the world’s known biodiversity on land is at home in these rain and cloud forest reserves and the protection of the Arenal-Monteverde Biological Corridor would greatly enhance the chances of this ecosystem’s survival for future generations.”
Situated in the Arenal region of Costa Rica and forming a bridge between rain and cloud forests, Rancho Margot consists of 400-acres that, at present, is a sustainable eco-resort destination focused on growing food and education. Rancho Margot is also host to a yoga retreat center, organic gardens, hiking trails, adventure tours and a number of other sustainable and self-sufficient operations that are to serve as business incubators for a growing and sustainable community in the future.