In early 2014, palm oil prospectors threatened to purchase and build an african palm plantation on the land above VerdEnergia Pacifica. This land was already deforested and heavily degraded from years of monoculture tobacco farming and cattle ranching, but an african palm plantation would actively poison our river (the Tulin) and threaten access to clean water for VerdEnergia and everyone else downstream. Members of the VerdEnergia cooperative formed Shangri-Lanas, a 19-member cooperative composed of local and international partners with the mission of creating a profitable, duplicatable system for proper resource management and reforestation on the 60-hectare plot of land in Lanas, Costa Rica. The cooperative successfully purchased the land out from under the palm oil prospectors, and by May of 2014, the massive soil reconstruction and reforestation plan had begun.
Although Shangri-Lanas was incredibly successful in protecting the water sovereignty of VerdEnergia, without immediate and formalized direct action, the rest of the Tulin Watershed would fall victim to the same destructive practice from the next palm oil company.