Sustainable Studio: A six-part series about local sustainability issues and initiatives in and around Monteverde

There is a need to disseminate information about Monteverde, which is considered to be the vanguard of the sustainability movement in Costa Rica. With the help of four CIEE interns MFM produced a 6 piece mini series about local issues in the Monteverde zone.  These students were dedicated to public interest communications for the enhancement and promotion of community sustainability.

Episode #1- Eco What?!

Take a listen as we dive into the realm of ecotourism and sustainability. We explore Monteverde, a hotspot for conservation, and seek out various community members who are leading sustainable initiatives. What is ecotourism? What does sustainability mean to you? We ask these questions to travelers and residents in the zone. Find out what they have to say in part 1 of Sustainable Studio.fullsizerender-3


Episode #2- Conservation Challenges

Costa Rica is well known world wide for its protected land. During this episode, we will explore sustainability as a balance and hear about different types of conservation efforts and their relation to the local Monteverde community. What happens after the land is protected? We’ll let you know in episode #2.



Episode #3- Cradle to Cradle

As humans we have consumed much of the Earth while having a hard time giving back. Is it possible to live in a sustainable way or are we doomed? In the final episode of this trilogy, we explore the concept of cradle to cradle and highlight direct examples found in the Monteverde zone. What is cradle to cradle? Find out in the final episode of Sustainable Studio.

Episode #4- The New Road to Ecotourism in Monteverde

The cloud forests of Monteverde, Costa Rica are world famous. Access to the historic reserve has been limited by the fact that the long dirt road up the mountain is unpaved. That is all about to change and Monteverde is bracing itself for a new wave of tourism and development. Is the zone as prepared as it could be?



Episode #5- Navigating the Social, Economic and Environmental Impacts of Rural Eco-tourism

A common sustainable development concept is the “Sustainability Stool” which highlights the need for balancing economic, social and environmental sectors of a system. Looking at Monteverde, Costa Rica, we outlined both the benefits and challenges associated with the impacts of ecotourism.

Episode #6- The Struggle is Real

We each have a responsibility to stand up and protect life giving resources. The small community of Guacimal, Costa Rica is demonstrating that by banding together to protect their waterways and encourage you to do the same.



A special thank you to the following organizations and businesses for making these stories possible. Find out more information, check out the links below:

Bajo del Tigre
-Monteverde Conservation League
– Bosque Eterno de los Niños
Reportes Fauna Silvestre Monteverde
Wildlife Passages: Video
The Tico Times: Wildlife Cossings
The Costa Rican Times: New Wildlife Crossing Signs
The Cloud Forest School
Pension Santa Elena
Los Pinos
Selvatura Adventure Park
Hotel Belmar
Monteverde Art House
Sustainability Demonstration Center- Guacimal, Costa Rica
CIEE- Costa Rica

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