Tropical Forests Conservation & Sustainable development Research
Green Planet Ventures, is a social enterprise dedicated to Tropical Forests Conservation and Sustainable Development. We work in partnership with local organisations supporting and conducting research on Natural Resources management for Sustainable Development. Through our work, we help rural communities to adapt to climate change and protect forest ecosystems and their services.
We also provide internships, work experience, volunteering and field research opportunities in tropical forest conservation and sustainable development through our programmes.
Tropical forests host well above 50% of the terrestrial biodiversity of the planet and are important to regulate climate. The vast majority occur in developing countries that lack the resources to conduct vital research and conservation work. Therefore, we aim to support these countries’ endeavours to protect their forests for the sake of humanity, working in partnership with grass roots and other local organisations. At the same time, we provide students and graduates with the opportunity to learn new skills, enjoy the natural environment and make a contribution to the protection of this ecosystems.
We offer 4 Tropical Forests Research and Conservation programmes in Costa Rica, suited to different educational backgrounds and levels.
Our Brazilian programme is the most extensive to date. We work in 4 protected areas: 3 National Parks and one Extractive Reserve, in projects that range from biodiversity monitoring to communications and data management.
“Climate change is one of the most pressing challenges that humanity has faced, it requires innovative solutions but more than anything else, it requires the immense will to protect forests and learn to live in harmony with them.”
— LORAIZA DAVIES, CO-FOUNDER
A word from our clients
"I study Physics in Oxford and I went to Iguazu to work in the data management project. I enjoyed working within a team of qualified professionals and learning how is to be in a real work environment. I taught myself how to create a webpage to help the park with their jaguar sightings reports. That was a great skill to learn. For me the best thing was to feel that you are punching above your weight all the time. And it helped me understand what sort of work environment I like being part of!!
I went to Cazumba to teach English, but I can't say I was the only one teaching there. It was an equal exchange, I learned where the Brazil Nut comes from. That was amazing! I learned so much in those three weeks and it was such an incredible experience. I only wish I stayed longer time. Kai from London
Participating in a conservation project in Iguazu, made me realise that I want to persue a career in sustainability and conservation rather than industry.
I had a blast in Iguazu. The Jaguar conservation project was very exiting, and very instructive too, as I saw first hand the interaction of farmers with the local wildlife and it made me realise that even though environmental policy is important, understanding the local situation is also essential to protect wildlife.
I joined the communications project in Iguazu. It allowed me exposure to a real working environment and it helped me understanding better the content of each work area and the type of job I would prefer to persue in my future career.
My trip was brilliant! The trips offered are incredible and since everything is sorted out by the company there is very little organisation for a participant to do. GPV organised everything I needed and I had all the guidance I required to still feel like I was travelling independently too. I also felt that I was doing proper research, see my blog.
I joined the data management project at Iguazu National Park. I had so many highs and can't think of a low: I made brilliant relationships with the team and did a lot of useful data management work for them. They seemed very happy with my work and were very appreciative, so much so that the team surprised me on the last day with a helicopter flight over the falls. It doesn't get any better than that!!
The work that I was able to carry out in Selva Verde, while taking the Mammals Study internship in Costa Rica, definitely fulfilled my expectations. I was able to use and try out a wide range of sampling and surveying techniques. I have gained valuable experience that I will be able to take with me into my future studies. It was amazing to be able to experience such a great forest with such rich ecosystems and biodiversity. Everyone was very friendly and helpful. This aided greatly with my work and also made my time here more enjoyable!
The programs in Selva Verde, Costa Rica, offer multiple opportunities and allows us to work with experienced people and do field research, applying theory to practice in a specific field. When someone doesn’t have the experience in the field they come to Selva Verde to get the experience to then get the job they want.
Being able to interact with different animals is fascinating! We can combine our theoretical knowledge of taxonomy with biodiversity conservation principles, which we don’t get to do at university, and this is important because we can get a complete analysis and understanding of our related field.
I went to Cazumba Iracema to do my dissertation research. Everyone was so helpful. I always felt welcomed and that people were looking out for me. It was inspiring to see how people describe the forest as a source of life. Green Planet Ventures was hugely responsive both before and during my trip and were excellent at helping with the coordination of everything. I am so happy that I chose this project. It was absolutely brilliant. It was an experience of a lifetime. If you want to know more, take a look at my blog!