In Costa Rica, the rainforests are being conserved through National Park designation. Small-scale tourism is a sustainable use, but this brings in little revenue. In Talamanca, sustainable farming techniques have proved profitable. Previously destroyed forest has been allowed to regenerate with commercial crops planted amongst the trees. The farm is thriving, with organic bananas and cocoa sold commercially. Occasionally trees are felled and buffalos are used to transport the timber without the need for roads.

This clip is from:
World Physical
First broadcast:
21 February 2008

Students could design an information pack about sustainable development of rainforests in Costa Rica which is to be available when the lodge (shown in the clip) is completed. This pack could be used by the visiting tourists. Discussions about why large scale tourism may threaten sustainability could be had. Students could design a sustainable farm or sustainable tourist trail after watching the clip for inspiration.