In October 2015, the University for Peace (UPEACE) signed an agreement whereby it joined the Coca-Cola System's Water Replenishment Program in Costa Rica. Through this initiative, the Coca-Cola System seeks to achieve a neutral water footprint by 2020.
The involved organizations are committed to reforesting and protecting the forest reserve of UPEACE, which houses several water sources and aquifers. In the case of the forest protection activity, the University for Peace assumes the commitment to maintain the forest coverage in order to avoid erosive processes and superficial runoff. These efforts will be translated into a constant infiltration of water, which is greater than that occurring in an alternative use of the soil such as grass or agriculture, and, therefore, a greater amount of water is secured.
This year, approximately 200 volunteers from the Coca-Cola System and UPEACE participated in this project, and were advised and supported by representatives of The Nature Conservancy such as Dr. Alejandro Calvache, Water Safety Coordinator and by FUNDECOR, Roxana Chacon, Forest Engineer, Julio May, Geographer and Manuel Guerrero, Agricultural Engineer of this organization. The amount of trees planted reached 2000.
Some of the executives who participated in the event and who had an active participation in the sowing were Gustavo Guillen, Coca-Cola Public Affairs Manager for Central America, Catherine Reuben, Coca-Cola FEMSA Corporate Affairs Manager, Ania Piedra, Planning Manager of Coca-Cola FEMSA for Central America and José Pablo Montoya, Country Manager of Coca-Cola FEMSA Costa Rica.
It is worth mentioning that these 2 hectares that were planted and 23 more hectares will be added this year as part of the Water Replenishment Project through Forest Conservation Activities.