The deputy minister of Environment, Energy and Telecommunications, Jorge Rodriguez, acknowledged the excess of requirements and called for the country to urgently define how to combine conservation and development.
Costa Rica maintains the system of benefits called “Payment for environmental services.” It is funded with money from the oil bill (about 3.5% of the total), international loans, donations and voluntary contributions from businesses.
$12.5 million has been earmarked for rural and environmental development plans.
Following in the footsteps of initiatives implemented in Costa Rica, where resources have been allocated for reforestation and other environmental programs, the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, in conjunction with the Ministry of Agriculture, will invest $12.5 million in similar programs in El Salvador.
U.S. awarded in the next fifteen years more than $ 27 million for tropical forest conservation in the country.
This agreement becomes Costa Rica's largest recipient of the U.S. Law from 1998 (TFCA) for conservation of tropical forests, becoming now $ 50 million the total amount received for the conservation, restoration and protection of tropical forests.
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