30 Jun '13, 2pm

Conservationists urge Costa Rica to maintain environmental leadership

Conservationists urge Costa Rica to maintain environmental leadership

Rhett A. Butler, mongabay.com June 30, 2013 print A body representing hundreds of biologists and conservation scientists has urged the government of Costa Rica not to jeopardize its reputation as an environmental leader by allowing carve-outs from protected areas for industrial development. In a declaration issued Thursday at the conclusion its 50th annual meeting, the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC), the world's largest organization dedicated to the study and conservation of tropical ecosystems, applauded Costa Rica's pathbreaking efforts to integrate environmental protection into its national development strategy. But the group warned that proposed projects that would require de-gazetting of national parks for energy projects could undermine Costa Rica's green credentials. "Whilst the environmental and economic achievements of Costa Rica’s effort...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2013/0630-atbc-san-jose-resoluti...

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