When you recreate ecosystems as nature intended them, their capacity for removing carbon and other harmful pollutants from the atmosphere increases, oxygen is created and ultimately, climate change is reversed.
Deforestation has eradicated and displaced far too many incredible species. By recreating the natural environment via rewilding, endemic species are provided with the right conditions in which to survive and thrive.
Soil is a powerful carbon sink, but fertilisers, pesticides and other harmful chemicals have had a catastrophic effect on soil. The sustainable and regenerative effect of rewilding restores soil health and biodiversity, and strengthens food security for local communities.
Rewilding the land restores natural rainfall patterns. It also prevents flooding via the canopy - which protects the forest floor, and the plant roots - which draw water deep underground. Without trees soil washes into waterways and causes landslides and erosion of riverbanks, which ultimately leads to flooding.
Rewilding is a way of seeing ourselves as just one part of a larger, complex natural ecosystem, rather than as the domineering, destructive species that humans have become.
Freshwater is essential to the survival of the planet. Costa Rica is home to the most important water sink in North America. Rewilding the land provides us with the best opportunity to protect that water sink, and thus the essential water supply for hundreds of millions of people.