Costa Rica Prepares to Replace 70 Year Old Water Laws

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    The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – The government of Costa Rica announced today that it has almost completed a new draft for laws on water resources, which is intended to replace the law which has been in force since 1942.

    Costa Rican Minister of Environment and Energy, René Castro, said in an official ceremony in which he presented a national agenda for water, that the bill involves universities, NGOs, Chambers of Commerce, and government.

    The official, who gave no specific details of the new proposal, said that years ago it was close to a new draft for law on water resources, but at the last minute it fell apart without support from various sectors of the country.

    Castro said that the new law should be the spearhead of national water agenda in order to build a “new water culture in Costa Rica”.

    “Costa Rica is a country rich in water. We have an availability of 25,000 cubic meters per capita which is one of the highest levels on the planet and it is also very good quality,” said the minister.

    However, Castro warned that as the population and economy grow, the availability of water will decrease in the coming years to about 19,000 cubic meters per capita.

    The water agenda includes a number of initiatives aimed at six targets: protecting rivers, improving governance of water resources, efficient use of water, water infrastructure investment, a new water culture, and information for decision-making.

    “A new water culture involves restructuring current practices, habits, perceptions of assessment and water resources in the country,” said the Deputy Minister of MINAE, José Lino Chaves. (EFE)

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