the COP10 global summit on biodiversity in Nagoya, Japan, the Central
American nation was recognized by the Germany-based charity World Future
Council with the 2010 Future Policy award for her innovative and
effective protection of nature’s wealth. A law enacted since 1998
nationwide has directed taxes on energy-
consuming activities toward
preservation of natural reserves as well as promoting clean air, fresh
water and other eco-friendly endeavors.
One significant benefit
has been the growth of forest cover, noted to have risen from 24% in
1985 to close to 46% today, as landowners are paid to preserve
old-growth trees and plant new ones.
With a goal of being the first
developing nation to meet United Nations biodiversity commitments, Costa
Rica has also established a national commission that brings together
scientists, civil servants and indigenous representatives to collaborate
with the government and encourage eco-education among the public.
Fernández Silva, ambassador of Costa Rica at the Japan conference
reflected on the honor of the award, saying, “We feel a strong sense of
responsibility about looking after our wealth of biodiversity.
attitude is not progressive, it is conservative. We remain optimistic,
but … Costa Rica is so tiny. We need a planetary answer.” A big
accolade, Ambassador Silva and Costa Rica, for your deserved
May such noble leadership indeed inspire and motivate
many others toward similar preservation of all life in harmonious
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