Costa Rica conservation map grows by more than 11,000sq km² during the last 10 years

Costa Rica’s conservation map has grown more than 11,000 square kilometres during the last 10 years, according to environmental organisation Costa Rica por Siempre Association (ACRXS).

More than 400 communities in Costa Rica have benefited from projects of ecological, economic and social impact over the last 10 years. To date, these represent more than $ 23 million invested in 456 initiatives, the equivalent of a new project launched each week, according to ACRXS.

The increase of 11,122 km² in natural territory across Costa Rica is largely due to the creation of the marine protected areas of Montes Submarinos, Cabo Blanco, Bahía Santa Elena and Barra del Colorado.

Costa Rica’s system of national parks and protected areas covers about 23% of the country’s land area. The country’s Marine Management Areas aims to ensure the conservation of the marine resources through sustainable management, addressing threats such as overfishing, illegal fishing and mangrove degradation, as well as improving livelihoods.

Zdenka Piskulich, executive director of ACRXS, said: “By recounting the work of these ten years, we are pleased to know the significant contribution to changing the country’s conservation map. We have seen how with great dedication and commitment we surpassed our goals and were able to support, share and learn with 400 allies”.

ACRXS was created in 2010 to ensure the conservation of marine and terrestrial ecosystems, through the management of funds and alliances with governments, the private sector and civil society.

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyles including sustainable and green living. She also offers content services to businesses and individuals at Rosamedea.com

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