Protecting the Forest and the Coffee

Costa Rica

Costa Rica is known for its wide-ranging microclimates and ecosystems, creating the perfect conditions for growing various coffee beans. The rich volcanic soil, in particular, helps grow superior quality coffee beans, such as the high-altitude Arabica.

Our Crowddroner, Paulo Ruiz Cubillo, captured this high-resolution imagery from a coffee farm next to Santo Domingo. The area lies in the southwestern sector of the Barva volcano. The highway crossing through the field is National Route 126, one of the first routes built in the Caribbean and was used to transport coffee from the inland to the port and export it. The gallery forests surrounding a small river are characteristic of this region. Since it is an area of water recharge, rainfall is greater than 4000 mm per year. The trees on both sides of the ravine protect the land against intense erosive processes such as landslides.

I wanted to map this area because of the great importance of the forests and the coffee farm in Costa Rica. The Barva volcano can represent a great danger for forests and farming areas, as well as for the main cities of the metropolitan area of the country. Therefore, we must protect these areas, understand the topography, and help out conserving our heritage.

Paulo Ruiz Cubillo

Paulo Ruiz Cubillo

Drone Operator

Paulo is a Crowddroning operator based in Costa Rica. He submitted these images as part of the Drones 4 Sustainable Forestry and Urban Green Challenge by GLOBHE to highlight local community challenges in forests in his home country. He is an experienced drone operator and a valuable member of GLOBHE's Crowddroning community.