Did you hear about Children’s Eternal Rainforest?
The Children’s Eternal Rainforest (Bosque Eterno de los Niños, in Spanish, or BEN) is the largest private reserve in Costa Rica, with an area of 22,500 hectares of protected tropical forest in the northwestern region of Costa Rica. The BEN borders the Arenal Volcano National Park, the higher elevations of Monteverde and Miramar, and the Alberto Manuel Brenes Reserve in San Ramon. It continues through the San Carlos zone, close to the populations of San Jorge, La Tiga, San Isidro de Peñas Blancas, Chachagua, and El Castillo.
The BEN exists thanks to the help of children and adults all over the world who have taken part in what is known as the Children’s Rainforest Movement. This fundraising campaign started in Sweden and the United States of America in 1987, and continued to expand around the world. At present, 44 different countries have contributed to the acquisition and protection of the territories of the BEN.
In addition, on the 18th of September, 2007 the BEN was declared part of the Peace and Water Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.