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COSTA RICA

Grupo ACI S.A.

Guanacaste, Costa Rica

 

UNITED STATES

RainForest Aquaculture, inc. 5200 Blue Lagoon Drive,

Suite 750, Miami, FL 33126

Phone (786) 522-8420

 

glara@tilapia.com

 

RAIN FOREST WATER

The main environmental component regarding water resources in our farming practices relates to the multiple applications of use water. This allows us to optimize the amount that we use in our farming process.

 

The water used for aquaculture production is a byproduct of hydroelectric power generation.  Water passes through the production system and is subsequently delivered to agricultural irrigation channels, as detailed below.

The system starts at Lake Arenal, which captures the water from several natural water tributaries, influenced by the Atlantic climate. As shown in the figure below, this resource generates socioeconomic benefits for the country, through tourism activities.

There are three power plants of the ARCOSA (Arenal-Corobicí-Sandillal) development that use the waters of Arenal Lake for hydroelectric power generation.

Following the hydroelectric generation, water is discharged by the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) to the National Irrigation and Drainage channels (SENARA), to be used by the aquaculture industry

Once water is used for the tilapia production, it is returned to the irrigation system or rivers in the area, according to the irrigation needs of thousands of hectares planted with rice and sugar cane, among other crops.

OUR PEOPLE

 

Socially responsible development and operation is a key concern for Rain Forest Aquaculture. This can be seen in our development of employment opportunities.  Other social and environmental values are also pillars of the management philosophy that we live by.

 

• Direct jobs that benefits 1200 families in Guanacaste.

 

• Important heads of household female employment.

 

• We operate with many local suppliers.

Zero-Waste Plants

Our Company has a zero waste policy.

 

We ensure that all of the leftover products that come out of our regular Tilapia processing are used in different ways. Nothing is deposed of.

 

We make fish meal with the solids in a special facility we built specifically for this purpose. We process leftovers from local pelagic fishing which helps other activities maintain high standards of sustainability. The scales and skin of our Tilapia are exported to Asia and Europe to be used for collagen extraction.

RESPECT OUR ENVIRONMENT

•ᅠWe planted about roughly 900 trees to help protect the aquifer in the

  area as a source of food for different species.

 

• We are building a hotbed of timber and fruit trees.

 

•ᅠ Recycling stations were designed by schools and colleges, which will be

   built with recycled material (floats).

 

• Together with the Municipality of Cañas collection campaigns

   of non-traditional waste are carried out of the communities of

   Canton Cañas.

 

• We develop draft talks and recycling collection for schools and

   communities in the central area of ​​Cañas.

 

• Construction of school gardens that use organic waste (vermicompost)

   and promote the growing vegetables.

 

• We developed an Emergency Plan and signage for the buildings within

   the Nursing Home Cañas.

 

• We trained personnel at the Nursing Home Cañas in first aid and the

   use of fire extinguishers.

Certification for production

on farms (2009 ) and

process plant (2007)

Bandera Azul Ecology Program

Carbon Footprint

We are part of the community in which we live.  We are convinced that our development should be in harmony with our surroundings, not only with the environment, but also with society. As a company, we are strongly committed to manage our growth responsibly and sustainably to give the best we can to future generations.

It allows control environmental impacts related to our activities . Its aim is to support environmental protection and prevention of pollution in balance with socioeconomic needs.

Our company is registered in the Blue Flag program in order to certified as a friendly business environment that preserves the beauty that nature gives us.

We counted our carbon footprint by developing our inventory of greenhouse gases. The awareness of this study helps us to mitigate these gases, minimizing our footprint and thus contributing to the sustainability of the planet.

WORKING FOR OUR COMMUNITY

• Support for schools in the area with

   teaching materials

 

• "Books for All" campaign by donating 1,600

   books for children School Las Cañas school

   cycles 2013 and 2014.

 

• We provide support staff to care for

   children aged 0 to 6 years in CEN CINAI

   Cañas and Bagaces communities.

 

• We develop literacy processes for our

   employees from different productive areas.

 

• We promote educational growth of our

   employees through scholarships in primary,

   secondary and university .

• Physical and psychological support to our

   employees in quitting smoking

 

• We promote healthy lifestyles through

   health campaigns and sports.

 

• We conduct education campaigns,

   cleaning and fumigation that contributes

   to reduce and combat diseases such as

   dengue.

 

• Contribution to pest control by supporting

   campaigns non-traditional waste

   collection.

 

• In coordination with the National Blood Bank we

   have created ​a blood donation campaign in the

   company.

• We promote recreation for the elderly .

 

• We build, together with members of the

  communities , playgrounds to encourage

  recreational areas for children.

 

• Promotion of cultural activities such as fairs

   and development festivals.

 

• Maintenance of furniture, paint,

   reconstructions of classrroms in schools.

 

• Support for the maintenance of buildings

   and equipment Cen- Cinai of Cañas and

   Nursing Home of Liberia.

 

• Support the delivery of food to the Red

   Care Program of the elderly.