We help finance reforestation and purchase of land
TO EXTEND GREEN AREAS AND CREATE SANCTUARY ZONES.
THIS ALLOWS FOR THE WILDERNESS TO EXIST
IN PEACE AND HARMONY WITH HUMAN SETTLEMENTS.
YOU CAN HELP!
The effective protection of nature depends on the space it is given. It’s essential to sanctuarize lands in order to preserve them and make them untouchable.
We organize initiatives with strong narratives involving brands, personalities and individuals in the financing of reforestation in Costa Rica.
Coming from the world of music, entertainment and action sports, we benefit from a solid active background and continuous, direct contact with the public.
Megadeth drummer, session musician, music teacher, wildlife enthusiast and animal rights supporter.
Lifelong activist, musician, Costa Rican resident, defender of nature.
By building an effective and respectedvia sponsorships and crowdfunding.
By purchasing lands and converting them into sanctuary zones.
By creating ato increase forest density and protect threatened ecosystems.
We build inspirational, captivating operations with high added value through events and partnerships.
We organize once-in-a-lifetime events featuring personalities, thus creating authentic, legitimate and highly engaging stories.
We mobilize communities by enlisting their local leaders. We benefit from the notoriety of personalities and brands to reach their audiences.
Savagelands inc is a US based 501(c)(3) NGO
Our 2 official missions are :
1 / Finance reforestation operations :
This means we hire local reforestation NGO to provide a plantation and follow up service. This allows us to contract the best offer depending on the area we’re working on. This reforestation strategy mostly occurs on private land and our main job is to get more people willing to reforest their property. Part of this strategy is being developed under the “MY FOREST” concept.
2 / Buy lands in order to preserve natural forest that would otherwise be threatened :
As every location brings its own specificity, we try to adapt and find the right answer. The acquisition of land in order to preserve it from over development has a high cost as the most threatened lands are also the ones with more market value.
Our strategy allows us to join forces with other NGO’s or private people in order to cut the costs and regroup in a “trust” that includes ecological easements.
Our fundraising events and donation buttons are financing both general aspects of our mission and we chose the most promising projects mostly depending on the cost. Although some specific operations are explicitly raising funds for specific targets such as buying a specific land.
Use famous names and personalities in order to allow us to get faster results. Because this is URGENT ! First ones to say yes were musicians from the international metal scene.
Now the initiated movement is being watched and other artists and organizations are joining us because they want to take action !
The My Forest concept offers each owner the chance to sign an agreement to have their land strategically planted and become a member os the “My Forest” community.
This local charter sets a new example and inspires others to Make it a new standard.
Costa Rica is a symbol. It allows us to speak to the widest audience and try to inspire other actions elsewhere.
Fueling an initiative for the world !
A famous Californian Luthier, Sacha Dunable, has made a unique boutique guitar from a naturally fallen Guanacaste tree. This wood was offered by Lola’s owner “Donato” in Avellanas, and prepared by Sergio.
This guitar will be played by famous metal bands on stage… then donated through a raffle, in order to finance reforestation and the creation of green zones in Costa Rica.
A group of world-renowned artists from different bands will join forces to embody this project. To create unique musical composition.
All proceeds of the sale of this piece of music will go directly towards reforestation and the purchase of lands.
Music festivals are another good opportunity to raise funding and attention in Costa rica..
To create an exemplary green zone. To set a duplicable standard. To show, as Costa Rica has done, that preservation does not hinder a virtuous and flourishing economy.
Our experience has taught us that our goals are attainable. Results will be apparent quickly. The first stage- reforestation and land purchase- is estimated to take only 1 to 3 years.
BECAUSE LOCAL LEGISLATION FAVORS OUR ACTION.
BECAUSE PRESERVATION IS STILL POSSIBLE WITHOUT BATTLING LARGE FINANCIAL GROUPS.
BECAUSE COSTA RICA IS AN EMBLEMATIC PLACE AND A SOURCE OF INSPIRATION FOR MANY.
Born in Antwerp, Belgium in 1975, started drums in 1991.
He moved to Nancy, study at the Music Academy International. Met with Sylvain Demercastel (Savage lands co-founder) in 1996 and started touring with Artsonic, releasing 2 albums together.
In 2005, Verbeuren joined Soilwork, and became a highly demanded session drummer. Working with artists including Devin Townsend, Fredrik Thordendal, Satyricon, Jeff Loomis and Warrel Dane.
Dave Mustaine officially announced Dirk Verbeuren as the new Megadeth drummer In 2016.
Dirk and Sylvain decided to act for the environment in a new type of way. Creating the first organization fully runned by artists. aiming to sanctify what is left of nature in order to protect it.
SAVAGE LANDS is founded and sustained by beautiful people such as, Stef Buriez of loudblast, Andreas Kisser of Sepultura, Kiko Loureiro of Megadeth, Christian Andreu and Mario Duplantier of Gojira, Blind guitars, Dunable Guitars and a growing legion of partners.
Sylvain is en environmental activist for more than 25 years. He’s been playing in a band called ARTSONIC with Dirk Verbeuren in the 90’s touring in europe and releasing 2 albums together.
Established in Costa Rica for 16 years, he started different reforestation initiatives in the Playa Negra area and is now, Co founder of Savage Lands with Dirk Verbeuren.