Other Activities


San Rafael, November 24,2017

Farm Visit from students of the Universidad San Carlos

4th year Agronomy students from the Universidad San Carlos en Bella Vista visited the model farm plot in Joveré, observing the agroecological and soil conservation practices implemented by the family.

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San Rafael, November 9, 2017

Green Production Project Meeting Paisajes de Producción Verde

Yesterday, on November 8, a meeting of the Sustainable Soy project took place, with a representative from PRO COSARA present.

Commodities Sustentables Commodities Sustentables








San Rafael, November 7,2017

RED RURAL Y PRO COSARA

Official work agreement signed between the Red Rural and PRO COSARA, with the goal of strengthening the capacities of civil service organizations to respond to the challenges of climate change. The signing event took place on November 7, in the Meeting room at the Universidad Catolica.

Alianza entre RED RURAL y PRO COSARA Alianza entre RED RURAL y PRO COSARA
















San Rafael, October 30, 2017

#YoVotoPorLosBosques-Encarnación Event

PRO COSARA hosted an event on the coast in Encarnación to garner support and signatures for the #yovotoporlosbosques campaign. Thank you to everyone who came by and contributed their signature in the fight to conserve the forests of Paraguay.

Juntando Firmas Juntando Firmas Juntando Firmas








San Rafael, October 27, 2017

#YoVotoPorLosBosques- Event in Coronel Bogado

PRO COSARA collaborated with the local conservation organization Promotores Ambientales San Rafael de Alto Verá and with local environmental group, Bogado Verde, to host a talk about the importance of forests and biodiversity. The event was also held to raise support and gather signatures for the campaign #yovotoporlosbosques, begun by WWF PY to stop an executive order which would allow further deforestation in Paraguay.

Juntando Firmas Juntando Firmas Juntando Firmas








San Rafael, October 10, 2017

Signing of Agreement

Today, on the 10th of October, two agreements were signed between the Departmental Government of Itapúa and PRO COSARA, and between the National Forestry Institute (INFONA) and PRO COSARA. The creation of these inter-institutional alliances are key to promote the conservation of the natural resources and the sustainable development in the area of the San Rafael Reserve for a National Park.

Convenio Convenio Convenio








San Rafael, October 6, 2017

Green Production-Sustainable Commodities Project.

PRO COSARA, Members of the Executive Committee of the Sustainable Soy Departmental Platform of Itapúa:
- Title Representative: Marcio de Souza (PROLACAP)
- Assistant Representative: Griselda Cardozo (Coop. Colonias Unidas)
- Spokesperson: Alberto Lovera (Producer for Santa Librada S.A Agropecuaria, represented by his son)
- Spokesperson: Roque Bogado (PRO COSARA)
- Spokesperson: Blanca Esquivel (Agricultural Coordinator for Itapúa, Paraguay)
- Spokesperson: Alicia Eisenkôlbl (UCI- Facultad de Ciencias Agropecuarias).

Commodities Sustentables Commodities Sustentables Commodities Sustentables




San Rafael, September 29, 2017

Validation Session

PRO COSARA participated in the session titled "Validación del Libro Blanco de San Rafael", whose objective was to reflect on the current status of the area of the Reserve and promote critical discussion about possible alternative actions for the sustainable management of the area, involving the various groups involved in its conservation.

Libro Blanco San Rafael Libro Blanco San Rafael Libro Blanco San Rafael








San Rafael, September 15, 2017

Happy 20th Anniversary to the Asociación Pro Cordillera San Rafael!

Today, September 15, marks 20 years since the day a group of people met for the first time to discuss their concern for the conservation of natural resources in the area of the San Rafaal Reserve. Combining their strengths and resources, they created the organization that is today called PRO COSARA. the Asociación Pro Cordillera San Rafael has worked for 20 years to consolidate the area of the Reserve, while also working to promote sustainable community development in the area, and developing environmental education in local schools, among other projects. This is all possible due to the generous support and collaboration from institutions like the SEAM, INFONA, local municipalities, Fondo de Conservacion de Bosques Tropicales, WWF, PNUD, IUCN, and many more. We are so grateful for the help and support of every person who has joined our cause. We would also like to the thank those who work as a part of the organization, promoting our mission and projects, including our Executive Director, General Manager, Training Assistants, Extension Agents, Environmental Monitors, Board of Directors and volunteers. Thank you and Happy Anniversary!

20° Aniversario - PRO COSARA 20° Aniversario - PRO COSARA








San Rafael, September 15, 2017

Thank you so much to everyone who participated in our 20th Anniversary Celebration!

Included here are some photos from the full-day 20th Anniversary celebration of PRO COSARA, both of the event itself as well as the promotion and preparation prior. We would like to thank the people, institutions and organizations that helped make the event a success! We are very grateful for all the support. Once again, we have renewed our promise to conserve and preserve the natural resources in the area of the San Rafael Reserve for a National Park. The work continues and we invite all those who wish to keep collaborating and helping our cause.

20° Aniversario - PRO COSARA 20° Aniversario - PRO COSARA 20° Aniversario - PRO COSARA








San Rafael, September 8,2017

Promotion for the 20th Anniversary of PRO COSARA

PRO COSARA Executive Director Alicia Eisenkölbl, General Manager Celia Garayo, and Mr. Nelson Tucholke, President of the "Consejo de Agua de la Cuenca Hídrica del Arroyo Capiibary" went on Hohenau Canal 8 to promote the upcoming celebration of 20 years of PRO COSARA.

Promoción de 20° Aniversario Promoción de 20° Aniversario Promoción de 20° Aniversario








San Rafael, September 7,2017

Clothing Donation

The Volunteer FireFighters of Capitán Meza received 12 pair of pants as part of forest firefighting protection apparel, given out in the Hohenau PRO COSARA office.

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San Rafael, September 7,2017

Forum on the Production of Yerba Mate Associated with Native Forest

On the 5th and 6th of September, a forum on the production of Yerba Mate under native forest was held in the district of Alto Verá, in the capital of Caronay, and part of the training was held at the Operating Headquarters of PRO COSARA.

Foro de Producción de Yerba Mate Asociada al Monte Nativo Foro de Producción de Yerba Mate Asociada al Monte Nativo Foro de Producción de Yerba Mate Asociada al Monte Nativo







San Rafael, September 4,2017

Presentation about "Prevention and Control of Forest Fires"

PRO COSARA Board Member Lic MSc. Roque Bogado, participated in and gave a presentation about "Prevention and Control of Forest Fires" as part of a lecture series in the city of Capitán Meza. The series is aimed at raising consciousness about the Law 4014/10, of the Prevention and Control of Forest Fires. This training was organized by the Secretary of the Environment in Capitán Meza and the Volunteer Fire Brigade, along with the help of PRO COSARA.

Charla sobre "Prevención y Control de Incendios Forestales" Charla sobre "Prevención y Control de Incendios Forestales" Charla sobre "Prevención y Control de Incendios Forestales"










San Rafael, August 25,2017

PRO COSARA staff participated in a training for Park Guards

Forest Monitor, Victor Orue, from PRO COSARA participated in a training for Park Guards organized by the National Secretary of the Environment (SEAM), with the help of Fondo de Conservación de Bosques Tropicales and Colorado State University.

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San Rafael, August 24,2017

Project GREEN COMODITIES-PNUD

PRO COSARA was present for the presentation on the working table of Sustainable Soy, and last month also present for the the presentation of Beef.

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San Rafael, August 21,2017

Students from the Adventist school visit PRO COSARA

19 students from the 5th grade at the Adventist school in Hohenau, accompanied by their teachers and parents, visited the Operating Headquarters of PRO COSARA in the Reserve, where they participated in a lesson about San Rafael and explored the forest trails.

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San Rafael, August 17,2017

Celebrating Childrens Day

PRO COSARA helped organize a Childrens Day celebration in the indigenous community of Mberu, with a snack for all the kids and activities to help them celebrate.

Día del Niño Día del Niño Día del Niño







San Rafael, August 16,2017

PRO COSARA and the AMCU

Today, PRO COSARA and the AMCU signed a work agreement. It is the beginning of an important partnership and planning has already begun on organizing joint activities and projects.

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San Rafael, August 14,2017

Informative Meeting with PRO COSARA

The Executive Director Alicia Eisenkölbl and PRO COSARA Board Member Noel Alfonso participated in an informative meeting about the activities the organization is carrying out to protect the last remaining section of the Upper Atlantic Forest (BAAPA) in the area of influence of the San Rafael Reserve for a National Park. The meeting was with the Director of WWF Paraguay, Lucy Aquino.
A similar meeting was held with a representative from the project "Paraguay Biodiversidad-Itaipú Binacional" to discuss how the group and PRO COSARA can work together in the future.

Reunión Informativa












San Rafael, August 12,2017

Another forest fire effects the Reserve

Once again, the San Rafael Reserve has been effected by the presence of forest fires. The hard work of the forest fighters continues.

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San Rafael, August 11,2017

PRO COSARA participation in a presentation.

Representatives of PRO COSARA, Executive Director Ing. MSc. Alicia Eisenkölbl and General Manager Celia Garayo, participated in a small presentation about the strengthening of SINASIP and the training of key personnel in Paraguay. The activity was organized by the National Secretary of the Environment (SEAM), Colorado State University and Fondo de Conservación de Bosques Tropicales.

Mini-Taller sobre Fortalecimiento de SINASIP y la Capacitación de Personal Clave de Paraguay








San Rafael, August 11,2017

Accord with the Agricultural Sciences Program of the UNA

Meeting with the Dr. Stella Maris Amarrilla, Director of PostGraduate Program of Agricultural Sciences at the UNA.
The goal of the meeting was to create a way in which the National University of Asunción, through signing an accord with PRO COSARA, can carry out extension activities or studies in partnership with the organization.

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San Rafael, August 11,2017

Coordination of Activities with Fondo de Conservación

Coordination of activities with the staff of the Fondo de Conservación de Bosques Tropicales, including planning of activities for the celebration of PRO COSARA's 20th Aniversary (September 15). To celebrate this special day, there will be an all day environmental event on September 14, 2017, en the Agrodinámica Hall of the Cooperativa Colonias Unidas.
This event also has the support of the "Consejo de Agua de la Cuenca Hídrica del Arroyo Capiibary".

Fondo de Conservación Fondo de Conservación






San Rafael, August 7,2017

Dinner with The Cooperativa Colonias Unidas y A Todo Pulmón

PRO COSARA participated on Sunday in the dinner offered by the Cooperativa Colonias Unidas to all the representatives from A Todo Pulmón y other collaborators, for their 6th Edition of the Contest "Colosos de la Tierra."
From our organization we wish success in the organizing of this edition of "Colosos de La Tierra".

Cena con la CCU y A todo Pulmón






San Rafael, August 4,2017

Day of Socializing with the Project "PROEZA"

PRO COSARA, represented by Board Member Noel Alonso, participated Thursday in an event hosted by Project "PROEZA", focusing on reforestation and climate change. Organized by the Technical Secretary of Economic and Social Development Planning (STP), as the designated national authority by the Green Climate Fund.
The Project "PROEZA" is an idea in preparation to be presented before the Green Climate Fund of the Paraguayan National Government, through the STP.

Proyecto PROEZA Proyecto PROEZA Proyecto PROEZA







San Rafael, August 3,2017

Students prepare a project for PRO COSARA

Students from the Experimental High School of the Universidad Catolica in Encarnación presented their project, "Protecting San Rafael." The same group of students visited the Operating Headquarters in the Reserve last month to get the necessary information for their project. The project was showcased at the Club Nacional in Encarnación.

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San Rafael, August 1,2017

International Student Visit to the Reserve

During last weekend, we received a visit to our operating headquarters from a delegation of students in the Zoology Masters program at Miami University, through the South American Protected Areas visit program. We shared with the the activities and projects that PRO COSARA works on.
The visit was made possible through the work PRO COSARA does with the Fundación Para La Tierra.

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San Rafael, July 28,2017

PRO COSARA supporting Environmental Projects

Executive Director, Alicia Eisenkölbl and General Manager, Celia Garayo, participated in"Session concerning the avenues for sustainable soy and meat in the Department of Itapúa." PRO COSARA is part of the platform supporting cross-sectional environmental themes involved in the production of meat and soy (water, biodiversity, and environmental laws among others.)

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San Rafael, July 27,2017

Forest Fire in the Area of the San Rafael Reserve

Yesterday afternoon, a forest fire was detected during a surveillance flight by PRO COSARA, in the indigenous community of Arroyo Moroti, within the San Rafael Reserve for a National Park. A team of forest firefighters-made up of staff from both PRO COSARA and SEAM, as well as members of the community- worked to control the fire, which supposedly began by hunteres in the region, stated the community leader Eusebio Chaparro. The affected was no bigger than 20 hectares. In this moment, the fire is controlled.

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San Rafael, July 22,2017

Session Meeting of the PRO COSARA Advisory Board

Successful meeting with the Advisory Board of Directors of PRO COSARA. We want to thank them for their time.

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San Rafael, July 19,2017

7th Annual Paraguay Verde Camp!

PRO COSARA participated in the recent 7th annual edition of the Paraguay Verde camp, a national initiative organized by Peace Corps Paraguay. The camp brings together young environmental leaders from all over the country to share 3 days of learning and inspiration about conservation of our natural resources.

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San Rafael, July 6,2017

Project "Misión Guaraní"

Continuing with the activities in the project "Mission Guaraní", PRO COSARA assisted with the delivery of supplies to both the communities of Mberu Pirapo´i and Pindojú. Thank you to the MAMSA - Molino de Arroz Misionero S.A., for their help in this campaign, also for the help of Itapúa Solidaria who has been doing monitoring of the work started in these communities.



Comunidades de Mberu Pirapo´i y Pindojú Comunidades de Mberu Pirapo´i y Pindojú Comunidades de Mberu Pirapo´i y Pindojú



















San Rafael, July 4,2017

Workday of analysis and monitoring of challenges in the San Rafael Reserve.

In the Operational Headquarters of PRO COSARA, staff from Guyra Paraguay were assisted by PRO COSARA staff in adding further information to their publication on the landscape analysis and monitoring of challenges within the San Rafael Reserve.

Jornada de análisis del paisaje y monitoreo de las amenazas Jornada de análisis del paisaje y monitoreo de las amenazas Jornada de análisis del paisaje y monitoreo de las amenazas









San Rafael, June 16,2017

PRO COSARA participated in project launch

The Executive Director of PRO COSARA, Ing. Alicia Eisenkolbl and General Manager, Celia Garayo, participated in the launch of the Program “Green Products: a National Platform for Sustainable Commodities” for the department of Itapúa. Also the launch of the new regional office for the National Secretary of the Environment (SEAM) in the Departmental Government of Itapúa.

Proyecto Paisaje de Productos Verdes. Proyecto Paisaje de Productos Verdes. Proyecto Paisaje de Productos Verdes.














San Rafael, June 13,2017

PRO COSARA and Peace Corps Paraguay

During the past month of May, a member from the PRO COSARA team and a volunteer from Peace Corps Paraguay who works with PRO COSARA participated in a Peace Corps training, held in Atyra in the department of Cordillera. The training was titled, “Design and Management of Community Projects” and they presented on their experiences working on community projects within the area of influence of the San Rafael Reserve.

Diseño y Manejo de Proyectos Comunitarios Diseño y Manejo de Proyectos Comunitarios Diseño y Manejo de Proyectos Comunitarios


San Rafael, May 29,2017

INFONA participated in a meeting with PRO COSARA

The National Forestry Institute, INFONA, through their regional Itapúa Office, participated in a meeting with members of PRO COSARA, represented by the Executive Director, Alicia Eisenkolbl and General Manager, Celia Garayo. Also present was the at the discussion was the lawyer Ariel Jara. The objective of the meeting was the implementation of the Law 4241/10 in the area of influence of the San Rafael Reserve.

INFONA - PRO COSARA INFONA - PRO COSARA




San Rafael, May 26,2017

Extreme Weather Event effects 500 Hectares of the Atlantic Forest in the area of San Rafael

Global Climate Change and tropical forests are intimately linked. On one hand, the changes produced by global climate change are raising median annual temperatures and modifying rain patterns, causing more frequent occurrences of extreme weather phenomenon. Climate change is present and observable within Paraguay and within the area of the San Rafael Reserve. Heavy rain with strong winds, like those that occurred recently in the region, left the forests destroyed (as can be observed in these photos). It is necessary to protect the forests and manage them in a sustainable way that products both benefits for development and ecological services, while also satisfying the energy needs and economic demands of a growing population.

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San Rafael, May 2,2017

General Assembly 2017

This past 29th of April, the General Assembly of PRO COSARA was held at the Administrative Office in Hohenau.

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San Rafael, April 28, 2017

MISIÓN GUARANÍ

Misión Guaraní

Continuing with the project, “Misión Guaraní”, being executed by the College of Agricultural Sciences-Catholic University, Itapúa Campus, PRO COSARA is helping in the implementation of scheduled activities. Delivery of garden plants and technical assistance happened in the indigenous community of Mberú Pirapoí.


San Rafael, March 26,2017

Earth Hour at the Jesuit Mission Ruins in Trinidad.

Hora del planeta

For the third year in a row, the Jesuit Mission Ruins in Trinidad were the site of the WWF event Earth Hour, organized in cooperation between Peace Corps Volunteers and the local National Secretary of Tourism staff in Trinidad. Other organizations that participated in the event included PRO COSARA and Encarnación Sustentable. This event is held around the world, where during one hour all the lights are turned off to raise awareness about climate change, light pollution, and energy and natural resource use. Hora del planeta .





San Rafael, March 10, 2017

We celebrated the renewal of a working agreement between the National Secretary of the Environment (SEAM) and the Association Pro Cordillera San Rafael (PRO COSARA).

Renovación del Convenio SEAM A meeting took place at PRO COSARA’s Operating Headquarters to plan and coordinate activities and efforts towards the conservation of the San Rafael Reserve for a National Park. With the presence of Mr. Paul Alfonso, the Director of SEAM’s Protected Areas department, the meeting outlined strategies for coordination between SEAM, PRO COSARA, and GUYRA Paraguay. PRO COSARA is logistically aiding SEAM, as currently their park guards are based out of PRO COSARA’s Operating Headquarters, until the construction of their own Control Post within the Reserve. This agreement is another step towards successfully consolidating and preserving the conservation of the San Rafael Reserve.


San Rafael, February 20, 2017

Coordination meeting between PRO COSARA and the Center for Farmer Education, Training and Technology (CECTEC) to plan projects together

Reunión de coordinación con CECTEC





San Rafael, February 14,2017

Introductory Meeting to the Project "Green Production"

Paisaje de producción verde The meeting was attended by organizations in both the private and public sectors from within the department of Itapúa. The project delegation, along with the representatives from the Departmental Government of Itapúa, has a series of meetings with local participants. Beginning work with the departmental secretaries of planning and of the environment, later meetings will be held with: the departmental representative from the Ministry of Agriculture,Paisaje de producción verde , PRO COSARA, SENACSA Itapúa region, the National University of Itapúa, the Catholic University of Hohenau, and the University of San Carlos in Bella Vista. The project is titled "Green Production" and is part of the Sustainable Commodities project through the Global Environmental Facility (GEF), led by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations for the United Nations Development Program. The project is co-financed by the Ministry of Agriculture, the National Forestry Institute (INFONA), the Paraguayan Sustainable Finance Group, ADM Paraguay S.R.L., Cargill and Louis Dreyfus Company.






San Rafael, January 27,2017

Coordinating Meeting with Peace Corps Paraguay Volunteer Chara Bouma-Prediger, who will be working with the PRO COSARA team in 2017

Cuerpo de Paz y Pro Cosara Chara requested to extend her service for a third year to join the PRO COSARA family. We want to welcome her to the team! We look forward to another year of working with Peace Corps Paraguay and strengthening our partnership.



San Rafael, December 19, 2016

Visit from Young Redemptionists

Visita la Reserva We had a visit to our Operating Headquarters from the Itapúa Young Redemptionists, who had their annual retreat in San Rafael.



San Rafael, December 12, 2016

Illegal Activities

Incendio Illegal activities have been observed in the Reserve during routine inspection flights. Approximately 10 parcels have been observed to have been deforested or trespassed upon. The activities have been reported to the Special Environmental Crimes Unit