The Foundation for Rainforest Research (“The Veragua Foundation”) was constituted on February 5th, 2013. Its legal domicile is the ecotourism park known as the Veragua Rainforest located in the tropical rainforest of Limón, Costa Rica, and its administrative office is in the capital city of San José, Costa Rica.
As stipulated in its Legal Constitution, the objective of the foundation is:
“To support, finance, and promote the research of flora and fauna in the tropical rainforest of Veragua and its surrounding areas; to share and discuss with neighbors and visitors the accumulated scientific knowledge produced by the research; and to make charitable contributions to benefit neighboring local communities in the Veragua Rainforest vicinity.”
The Foundation finances lines of research in a 77-hectare (190-acre) property in the mountains of the Costa Rican Caribbean region, where Veragua
is located. Results are showcased to visitors and the public by way of personal explanations, research papers, television programs when invited,
and this website.
The Foundation’s resources come from generous donations from:
. Visitors to the Veragua Rainforest
. Individual and institutional donors in Costa Rica and the United States, and
. Inversiones Veragua Global IVG S.A. (the ownership company of the Veragua Rainforest), which is the main benefactor
Thanks to the collaboration from these donors, the Foundation is able to operate two rainforest research laboratories, to retain full-time biologists and assistants, and to maintain partnerships with renowned academic institutions such as the University of Costa Rica, facilitating our publication of findings and sharing them with the world community. To date, we have uncovered eleven (11) new animal species at Veragua
Control and fiduciary responsibility over Foundation resources is maintained by its Executive Director and Founders Committee, comprised by seven key environmentalists and executives, who oversee Foundation activities and administration.
In essence, the Foundation for Rainforest Research carries out research in a wonderful rainforest that is valuable to the planet and world citizens. Find out more about our activities, contribute to our discovering more species and providing knowledge to the world environmental community, and assist us in having a positive social impact in one of Costa Rica’s most vulnerable areas.