San Rafael, November 24,2017Farm 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.
San Rafael, November 9, 2017Green 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.
San Rafael, November 7,2017RED 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.
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.
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.
San Rafael, October 10, 2017Signing 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.
San Rafael, October 6, 2017Green 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).
San Rafael, September 29, 2017Validation 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.
San Rafael, September 15, 2017Happy 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!
San Rafael, September 15, 2017Thank 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.
San Rafael, September 8,2017Promotion 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.
San Rafael, September 7,2017Clothing 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.
San Rafael, September 7,2017Forum 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.
San Rafael, September 4,2017Presentation 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.
San Rafael, August 25,2017PRO 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.
San Rafael, August 24,2017Project 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.
San Rafael, August 21,2017Students 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
San Rafael, April 28, 2017
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.
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. .
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).
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.
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
San Rafael, February 14,2017
Introductory Meeting to the Project "Green Production"
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, , 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
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
San Rafael, December 12, 2016
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