Too much paperwork to obtain benefits for forest in Costa Rica

Excessive paperwork due to political decisions and actions make it almost impossible to have access to the benefits for sustainable forest management.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

This is what 50 experts, researchers, academicians and entrepreneurs from the sector who participated in a workshop determined.

The workshop was organized by the Tropical Agronomy Center for Investigation and Learning (Catie by its initials in Spanish) and the Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS by its initials in Spanish), under the auspices of the Costa Rica-United States Foundation (Crus by its initials in Spanish).

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.

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From 28 to 30 January, national forest fund experts will meet in Costa Rica to present effective strategies for forestry funding.

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From October, the Agricultural Research and Education Center CATIE will begin the second phase of its project FINNFOR, on Forests and Forest Management in Central America.

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$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.

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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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