SPIROGYRA BUTTERFLY GARDEN
AND FARM PROJECT
to raise butterflies in captivity in Costa Rica?
answer this question first let me introduce our project to you GlobalAdvocacy.com.
is a butterfly farm located within walking distance of San Jose, Costa
Rica's capital, with a 350 m2 butterflies exhibition garden.
we established Spirogyra we proposed ourselves to establish a garden-park
where to breed and develop butterflies in captivity and increase the
natural butterfly population of the area. Here they will find a natural
habitat in a biological adequate medium and at the same time we offer
to visitors a vital space, an ecological corner, a place to relax,
shady and with abundant vegetation which invites to enjoy; a garden-park
where to learn, contemplate and photograph butterflies located in
a natural habitat to them. Let us say that its design invites in a
pleasant and humble way, to give value to our Costarrican great biodiversity
and biological wealth. Although a small country in it's geographical
size, Costa Rica is big because of the variety of it’s biological
farm is located in San Jose, the capitol city of Costa Rica and one
of our goals is to protect and beautify what may be one of the last
little forests existing in the midst of this crammed city. Recently
we opened a self guided trail “The Contemplation Path”
that goes through the part of the 1,7 acres farm inside the Torres
River basin, so that people can walk and observe on their own, the
richness of this little forest gallery.
have a very strong interest in butterflies as educational tools and
through responsible breeding, we provide a model for sustainable development.
Our educational facility and 3.800 square foot exhibition-garden hosts
a number of school groups from all over the country and visitors from
all over the world.
we are licensed breeders and exporters of approximately 20 species
of butterfly pupa, we are also agents for at least 20 independent
breeders from various regions of the country that live in different
rural communities on the fringe of the natural rain forest, where
there is much pressure on undisturbed areas to be cleared for lumber
and traditional farming. Some of these, are women breeders groups
which have been specially trained by our biologist.
goal with these groups is to provide training and a means to market
independently grown pupae, thus providing an alternative means of
using ecologically valuable land as a source of income while maintaining
a minimum impact on the ecosystem.
breeding and exportation project
project heart is the production of butterflies in captivity. Its objectives
incorporate groups of women and men who live in buffering fringe areas
of the rain forest, in a non-traditional productive project development
in order to keep them away from traditional activities such as raising
cattle, lumbering, traditional agriculture and others, which cause
serious damage to the environment.
To become a new source of income for the families of the women and
men involved in it.
the population regarding the use and conservation on natural resources.
As of now,
the groups included in this project are:
It has been designed to function under an integrated focus together
with the commercialization of chrysalides, and managed by different
organizations located on different ecological level, all around the
country, which accounts for a great variety of butterfly species that,
can be produced and commercialized.
Caño Negro women association
BUEVA ESPERANZA; Upala
APRODUMA San Carlos
MARIPOSAS HERMOSAS Guacimo
Plus 15 INDEPENDENT BREEDERS and their families like:: Edgar Abarca
family, Donald Arce family, Marvin Otarola family, Ricardo Bermudez
size of the groups varies from four to fifteen members each.
level among this women and men is mainly that of having completed
elementary school (47.4%), followed by those who haven't finished
elementary school (23.7%).
The communities where the butterfly farms are located offer few chances
for employment of these women and men, being housekeeping, agricultural
labor, raising cattle and lumbering their main occupation. The scarce
alternatives for paid employment cause, in some cases, migrations
to other zones of the country, where women and men are hired in activities
like banana packaging plants, construction.
raising pupae ourselves, we are also agents for this organized small
associations or individual producers by doing all the chrysalides marketing.
project has generated important results for these people, which have
been achieved through services obtained through the groups’ own
effort. Among these are the development of knowledge and skills, the
increase in motivation and achievement capability, reinforcement of
values and attitudes, and a higher self-esteem and valuation within
their family and communities. Through their participation in this project,
these women and men have created important spaces in which to talk and
analyze their problems and needs and gather strength for their participation
in community structures.
Participation in the project
the participation of other family members in the butterfly farms, boys
and girls help their mothers in their chores of collecting plants and
butterflies. The men, on the other hand, have cooperated with the women
in the chores of cleaning the lots and the construction of the infrastructures.
Occasionally, men bring plants and butterflies they have collected in
the jungle to the women .
on the Environment
project has caused that both the families and communities involved have
widen their view of their surroundings and to appreciate more fully
the existing natural resources within their communities. Before, they
thought that all the "worms"(larvae) were pests, and the host
plants were weeds, unaware to their potential usefulness.
Their observation capability for nature have sharpened to a degree of
having almost become "practical" scientists. Therefore being
able to identify every stage of the reproductive cycle of the species
they are involved with, as well as other new species found in the wilderness
when they go on exploration to avoid inbreeding.
intended goal is to provide the means to a minority (rural women and
men) to increase their social and economic level through the use of
renewable natural resources, thus avoiding the need for environmentally
harmful practices such as migrations, selling the wood on their lands,
agrochemical oriented agriculture, and so forth.
This empowers them to decide for themselves, creates a wider awareness
of nature, and set the standards for future generations to try and live
in harmony with nature.
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