Lack of Water Paralyzing Construction in 1/3rd of Costa Rica’s Municipalities

RDF TOPIC AREA: Impacts of the Water Crisis in Costa Rica.

2013.03.16, Photo InsertTwenty-seven cantons in Costa Rica, or 33% of the total, have indefinitely stopped issuing building permits as a result of a lack of potable water supply, paralyzing construction in many areas, according to a recent report. Seven of the cantons who have ceased issuing building permits are cantons of San José: Alajuelita, Mora, Puriscal, Desamparados, Acosta, Aserrí and Coronado, in addition to some areas of Escazu and Santa Ana. Also affected are several areas popular with tourists and expats, such as the cantons of Carrillo [which includes the towns of Playa Hermosa, Playas de Coco and Playa Panama] and La Cruz in Guanacaste, Perez Zeledon, Osa, Atenas and others. Read More-> 2014.06.17, RDF Newsletter, Vol 14, Edition 06.17


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United States Donates Equipment to Protect the Maritime Zone of Costa Rica

2014.06.15, Photo InsertRDF TOPIC AREA: Maritime Zone Protection

The United States Embassy has donated to the Coast Guard of Costa Rica high level equipment valued at more than $107,000 to protect the country’s marine assets, said a local official. The Ministry of Public Security (MPS) stated in a press release that the donation will allow the Coast Guard to strengthen its operations to combat drug traffickers, smugglers; as well as, looters of nature.  Read More -> 2014.06.15, RDF Newsletter, Vol 14, Edition 06.15

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“Goose with the Golden Eggs” Shown at DC Environmental Film Festival, Stanford University, and in Costa Rica.

2013.10.06, Photo InsertRDF TOPIC AREA: Impacts of Coastal Tourism in Costa Rica?

With much acclaim, this March CREST launched - at DC Environmental Festivel, Stanford University and in Costa Rica - its new documentary film. This highly informative film examines the impacts of different models of coastal tourism in Costa Rica, from small-scale eco-lodges and a sustainable mid-sized resort to large-scale resorts, vacation homes, and cruise ships. It was accepted to be part of Washington’s prestigious DC Environmental Film Festival and was shown to a packed house on March 30. The film is also being premiered at Stanford University on May 2, at a Center for Latin American Studies forum. In Costa Rica, the film is being shown to key policy makers in the new government, which takes office in May. Over the next few months, former First Lady and member of Congress Margarita Penon will help lead further efforts to use the film to stimulate public discussion about the future direction for tourism in Costa Rica.  View Trailer ->  {If this link doesn’t work then copy and open it in a new window}

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Meet Costa Rica’s New Environmental Minister

2014.05.09, Photo InsertRDF TOPIC AREA: A New Paradigm?

If you’re looking to talk to Costa Rica’s newly appointed environment minister, you won’t find him in the halls of government buildings, court offices or mega-corporations that his predecessors came from. Instead, you will find Dr. Edgar Gutiérrez in his closet-sized office in the statistics department at the University of Costa Rica. A UCR professor and researcher since 1994, Gutiérrez has a background in science, not politics. He has a doctorate in forest biometry from Iowa State University. He was the brain behind the country’s current National Environmental Strategy report. He drives a car that runs on hydrogen. All of these things make him an unlikely government minister, and he knows it. Read More -> 2014.05.09, RDF Newsletter, Vol 14, Edition 05.09

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