Enthusiasm for biodiversity conservation
Have you ever heard of a country called Costa Rica? Surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, the country has a rich natural environment. In this small country, accounting for only 0.03% of the land on the earth, approximately 5% of the earth's species of animals and plants live. Sadly, however, the tropical forests in this nature-rich country had been decreasing due to the reshaping of land to create pastures and coffee plantations.
Due to these circumstances, Prof. Janzen and the National Biodiversity Institute (INBio) engaged in innovative activities to preserve the natural environment.
Prof. Janzen organized the Guanacaste Conservation Area (ACG), a biodiversity conservation project established to restore Costa Rica's once abundant forests. The INBio collected a large number of biological specimens with the cooperation of local residents, and also acquired funding from companies for environmental preservation by providing them with access to the benefits of the ecosystem. This approach was highly regarded as a model for other regions around the world.