Ecovida Foundation

    Sustainable protection of flora and fauna

    With our direct work on site, we help to protect the rainforest from deforestation.

    Already with a small contribution you can make a big difference in Costa Rica.




    Habitat for animals and plants

    Together we preserve the habitats and biological diversity of flora and fauna in Costa Rica and make an indispensable contribution to securing the basis of life for future generations.



    Protection, reforestation, awareness raising

    Conservation and restoration of diverse habitats (lagoons, streams, wetlands, scrubland, rainforest, etc.)

    Sustainable protection against deforestation and poaching

    Sensitization of the local population

    The Ecovida Foundation

    The Ecovida Foundation was established on 16 November 2006 in St. Gallen/Switzerland on a private basis. It is subject to the Swiss Federal Supervisory Authority for Foundations. The auditors are Alder Treuhand AG. The Foundation Board consists of five private individuals.

    The purpose of the foundation is the material and non-material support of efforts and projects which aim at the sustainable protection and careful treatment of the environment.

    The Ecovida Foundation is committed to the conservation and restoration of diverse habitats for flora and fauna in Costa Rica.

    Our local commitments

    • Protection of tropical forests from deforestation through land purchases
    • Reforestation with native tree species
    • Planting of fodder crops for local animal species
    • repopulation of native animals
    • Protection from poaching in the protected area
    • Care of the different habitats (forest, bush, grassland, wetlands, water bodies)
    • Sensitization of the local population for the appreciation of nature and its protection (cooperation with schools, ecotourism, job creation)
    • Networking with other organizations and protected areas in Central America

    Dr. Steffen Tolle

    President of the Foundation Board


    Stacy Ciulik

    Vice President of the Foundation Board


    Urs Klöti

    Member of the Foundation Board


    Dr. Michael Steiner

    Member of the Foundation Board


    Prof. Dr. Marco Tschapka

    Member of the Foundation Board


    Oscar M. López Ramírez

    Foundation representative in Costa Rica



    • Peter Lauchenauer
      • Co-founder of the Ecovida Foundation in 2006
      • Development and management of the nature reserve Refugio Lapa Verde in Sarapiquí, Costa Rica, 2006 - 2014
    • Greti Lauchenauer 
      • Reports and picture documentation of the nature reserve Refugio Lapa Verde, Sarapiquí, Costa Rica, 2006 - 2017

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