Godfrey & Kahn and the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin Partner for Pro Bono Project in Costa RicaDecember 16, 2009
Milwaukee, Wisconsin (December 16, 2009). As part of its pro bono program, Godfrey & Kahn represented the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin (NRF) in an agreement with Neenah Paper, Inc. and Friends of the Osa to promote reforestation and conservation of Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula. The Osa's biological diversity and unique combination of distinct tropical ecosystems have made it a high global conservation priority.
The multi-party agreement includes an annual donation from Neenah Paper of an amount equal to the company's greenhouse gas offsets from its Wisconsin facilities. The donation will be used to restore deforested and degraded land in the Golfo Dulce Forest, adjacent to the Corcovado National Park, with a focus on reductions in carbon, protection and restoration of viable biodiversity, and creation of new habitats for endangered wildlife. Under the agreement, Neenah Paper will retain the rights to carbon sequestration credits associated with the restorative portion of the Osa project each year the company makes a donation. NRF was in an ideal position to broker the arrangement because it was already involved with the Osa Peninsula through its affiliation with the Department of Natural Resources and had previously partnered with Neenah Paper to fund Wisconservation Corps, an NRF program that helps train young conservation professionals.
"This project would not have been possible without all four organizations committing to a shared mission and dedicating resources to environmental projects with global implications," said Art Harrington, team leader of Godfrey & Kahn's Environment & Energy Strategies Practice Group. "NRF's involvement in this project demonstrates that Wisconsin is playing a role in international conservation and carbon credit initiatives."
The project is especially important to Wisconsin residents because the Osa Peninsula is the migratory home of 54 native Wisconsin species of birds, 18 of which are state conservation priorities and 3 of which are listed as threatened.
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