Other Environmental Initiatives

The CNFL has been developing activities aimed at environmental management since 1993. The processes have evolved and the company has expanded its environmental work at different levels and it is where working with external clients is key, to manage comprehensive management models of natural resources .

Currently working on two participation schemes, the first referred to a timely work on farms located in strategic points in rural areas, through the PAS Farms (Sustainable Environmental Practices) and the second under a more comprehensive scheme, which generates alliances between different actors social landscape, through interurban biological corridors.

PAS farms

Sustainable Environmental Practices (PAS) are implemented as a tool to direct their policies in favor of the improvement of water and soil resources, seeking to strengthen social, economic, biotic and geophysical aspects through extension processes, aimed at productive units with the potential to develop Sustainable forestry and agricultural projects, in the basins of interest of CNFL (Río Balsa, Río Aranjuez, Río Virilla), in common agreement with the owners of the farms.

Activities in Development

• Inter-institutional work in conjunction with the Agricultural Extension Agency of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG), SENASA and Cantonal Agricultural Centers.

• Advice for the establishment of Agroforestry Systems (SAF) and the design of biodigesters and bio-gardens.

Organic fertigation systems using bioles from the biodigesters installed by the CNFL, on the estate of Mr. José Miguel Quirós Leitón

Organic fetirrigation systems using bioles from biodigesters installed by the CNFL, on the farm of Mr. José Miguel Quirós Leitón.

Biological corridors

Since the 2008 year, the CNFL has participated in the creation of a network of interurban biological corridors, where a space for the generation of ecosystem services is provided, favoring the quantity and quality of the water that reaches the reservoirs of the Hydroelectric Plants.

The CNFL has focused this component on a sector of the Greater Metropolitan Area, which corresponds to its served area, considering the following interurban biological corridors: 

• Torres River

• María Aguilar River

• Tiribí River

• Para Tibás

• Garcimuñoz

• Rio Macho

The work in the interurban biological corridors generates positive effects on the environment and in turn allows the creation of strategic alliances with different public and private institutions, actively incorporating society in the processes of management and management of natural resources in the urban landscape .

Map of the Network of interurban biological corridors established in the Greater Metropolitan Area

Network of interurban biological corridors established in the Greater Metropolitan Area.

The CNFL is a company that has developed over time experience in the field of nurseries, beginning its work approximately in 1992. From that moment to date, the company has directed the work of its nursery based on its operations , mainly attending to the supply of trees to reforest watersheds of interest.

The main objective of the tree production in the nurseries of the CNFL, is to be an input in the processes of recovery and restoration of habitat, seeking to generate a direct effect in the improvement of the environment and in the generation of ecosystem services for society.

The CNFL nursery produces trees used in reforestation, ecological restoration and urban tree projects, as well as ornamental plants used in garden beautification processes and sale to third parties.

Currently the production of these nurseries is placed in two sectors, where the first meets commitments associated with Corporate Social Responsibility, the second to sales of trees and plants, among others.

Initially the nursery focused on the production of forest trees of various species, many with commercial potential, however, over the years, production has diversified including native species of high ecological value, considering multiple use, to generate different benefits for the end user.

View of area with nursery plants of Dulce Nombre de Coronado

Area view with plants in Dulce Nombre de Coronado nursery.


Production of forest trees in the Dulce Nombre de Coronado nursery.

Production of forest trees in the Dulce Nombre de Coronado nursery.

Since the 1993 year, in a visionary way, the CNFL invests in Environmental Education processes in educational centers, organized groups and municipalities.

The program is based on an environmental education approach different from traditional education, based on a pedagogy of action and action, in which the guiding principles of environmental education are the understanding of linkages (systemic approach) and need to consider the environment as a whole.

The environmental education program is called the Ecological Club Program and its objective is to implement in educational centers in the basins of interest to the CNFL, environmental education processes, oriented towards a culture of environmental responsibility, with community projection. It has two modules on environmental education, which bring together a series of workshops associated with four priority axes of education: socio-environmental, environmental challenges, water resources and energy.

Cover of the Manual of Environmental Education Cover of the Manual of Environmental Education

Environmental Education Manual

A series of educational games associated with the same interactive workshops have been published to further empower educational centers in environmental education processes. The environmental education workshops are not only aimed at students, but also at teachers and administrators of educational centers, so that the education processes are consolidated from the base.

Cover of the Teaching Material

Teaching materials created for the environmental education program

Through this program, the CNFL has worked in educational centers, both primary and secondary, from 2005 to 2010 it worked with around 55 educational centers in the Virilla River basin, after this year other basins were incorporated such as Río Balsa, Río Aranjuez, Lake Cote, and since 2008 we have been working associated with network improvement projects such as Tibás, San Joaquín de Flores, Belén, Guadalupe, Moravia, Santa Ana, among others.

As a result of the measures and protocols for the attention of covid - 19, in 2020 the environmental education workshops were suspended. For the year 2021, work was done on an environmental education proposal that includes virtual workshops with students and teachers.

In addition, the CNFL has a space for environmental education, which is called: Finca de la Sostenibilidad y la Energía. Space in which a series of environmental practices are learned to conserve and protect the planet and in which school, community or business groups are received, complying with all health measures against the spread of COVID 19.

Image of several people visiting the Sustainability and Energy Farm

Farm of Sustainability and Energy

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