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Wild cat sightings increase in VDP projects in Chontales

Costa Rica has six species of wild cats and three of them have been spotted recently in Ventana del Pacífico’s (VDP) real estate developments in Chontales de Osa.

In mid-April, an impressive adult puma (Puma concolor costaricensis) was the first to be sighted, near the water tanks of Sueños del Trópico, causing quite a sensation among the VDP technical staff who spotted it.
Later in April, a Tigrillo (Leopardus tigrinus) was seen near the river in Trópicos Verdes.
Finally, an Ocelot or Manigordo (Leopardus pardalis) was recently seen crossing the road in Vientos del Sur.

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Ventana del Pacífico increases the Chontales of Osa tree canopy by 100%

* More than 300 hectares of these real estate projects are protected forest.

In 2002, when the Ventana del Pacífico company bought 677 hectares of pasturelands in Chontales de Osa they barely had a 23% forest cover.

By 2022 the forest cover on these properties has reached 50%. In a period of 20 years, VDP has managed to increase the amount of land covered by forests by 100%.

This significant change is reported in a soil study conducted by Forestry Engineer Leonardo Espinosa, comparing the official forest cover maps Inbio 2000, Fonafifo 2005, Digital Atlas of 2022 and Google Earth satellite photos, shown below.

“This is great news! It is the result of 20 years of our company’s sound environmental practices, compliance with environmental legislation and intentional effort”, explained Jean Marc Levesque, General Manager of VDP.

“When we acquired the properties, 77% of the land had been cleared for various uses. We have recovered almost 200 hectares for forest and green area – 339 hectares of protected forest cover in Chontales de Osa”, he added.

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Ventana del Pacífico donates books to Tortuga School for the 2023 school year

Continuing a decade-long tradition, at the beginning of the school year Ventana del Pacífico Developers (VDP) provided 629 books to the Tortuga School, in Ojochal of Osa.

All students in this public school are now ready for the 2023 school year, with books supporting their studies in science, mathematics, social studies, Spanish, and English.

The Director of the Tortuga School, Eduardo Flores, and a group of 6th grade students received the books from Jean Marc Levesque, General Manager VDP; José Alfaro, Manager of Edificaciones Ojochal, and María Soto, Architect of the company.

Tortuga School has an enrollment of 134 students in the 6 elementary grades.

BOOKS FOR THE FUTURE

“We are very happy to continue this annual collaboration with public education in our community of Costa Rica´s South Pacific, where the company has been operating for 30 years”, said Jean Marc Levesque, General Manager of VDP.

“This books are an essential tool for learning and brighten the future of all of you,” José Alfaro, Manager of Edificaciones Ojochal, a subsidiary of VDP, told the students.

Alfaro urged them to become great professionals – the future engineers, architects, administrators, lawyers, and communicators, among other occupations, working for this company.

María Soto, Architect of the company, explained the important role architecture plays in creating livable spaces in the humid tropical climate of this community, and challenged them to become the community builders of the future.

Flores thanked the representatives from VDP and assured everyone that the books will be well used.

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Ventana del Pacífico joins the campaign against forest fires in Costa Rica

Nearly 9,000 hectares of vegetation were consumed by forest fires in Costa Rica during 2022, predominantly during the summer season, according to data from the Fire Department. That figure tripled the area affected from the previous year.

Ventana del Pacífico Deve-lopers (VDP) has joined with the Fire Department and other organizations in the 2023 campaign to create awareness about fire prevention and reporting by placing signs throughout the South Zone of the country, where it operates.

Beginning in 2020, the company implemented a program to protect the environment against burning, especially in summer, placing awareness signs against scrub burning throughout its projects in Ojochal and Chontales of Osa.
“In previous years, lands in our projects were affected by forest fires caused by unknown persons. To protect our land and the homes and property of those nearby we started this awareness campaign against burning” explained Jean Marc Levesque, General Manager of VDP.

Likewise, the company has provided a sign to the Association for the Administration of the Ojochal Aqueduct (ASADA Ojochal) to be used in their awareness campaigns.

“All of us together can reduce forest fires! Ventana del Pacífico calls on all our clients, friends and collaborators to help prevent fires and report burning by calling 911”, added Jean Marc Levesque.