Searching for Balance

World Wildlife Fund Canada in Costa Rica

Searching for Balance

Costa Rica has five percent of the world’s total biodiversity but it is being depleted as forests are being converted to farm land and other uses. This is affecting the productivity of the land as watersheds are destroyed and fragile soil eroded.

Searching for Balance is a story of Canadian and Costa Rican cooperation to find a balance between the differing demands for the land and explore ways that wildlife and humans can co-exist.

With the support of the Canadian government, the World Wildlife Fund Canada focused on the overlap between community development and landscape conservation to help preserve the life-supporting ecosystems that nourish humans and wildlife.

Complex Reasons for Deforestation

Deforestation is often due to a complex combination of factors that include new demands on land from industrial agriculture, cattle ranching and mining to provide for a growing population and an expanding economy.

At other times, it is an issue of rural poverty: after their land has been drained of its productive abilities because of poor farming techniques, needy families search for new, forested areas to clear.

Other issues such as illegal logging, mining and the heavy use of chemicals for produce such as bananas have also played a role.

Video Production Broadcast on Vision Television

This production was broadcast on Vision-TV and had a companion website which is now archived and not updated on a regular basis.