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    The Diquís hydroelectric project being developed by Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) is accused of violating international standards of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and national legislation that the pre-feasibility studies did not follow the guidelines.

    According to environmental lawyer Alvaro Sagot, there is clear evidence that this process will have significant impact.

    In the area is a wetland considered to be of global importance. Several sites are to be listed by UNESCO on The World Heritage List because of the Diquís stone spheres as well it is an indigenous territory protected by the current Indian law and Article 169 of the ILO.

    Rene Castro, Minister of Environment, said that projects like Diquís have a positive environmental impact by reducing the consumption of petroleum-based energy while lowering costs.

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