The Costa Rican News (TCRN) – The authorities in Costa Rica have announced the first official forest map, which reveals that the forest coverage reaches more than half of the territory, and provides information for planning environmental policies.

The map indicates that forest cover is 53% and is divided into eight categories: mature forests, secondary forests, deciduous forests, mangroves, palms natural forests, forest plantations, pastures with trees and moors.

The manager of Management and Use of Natural Resources of the State National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC), Gilbert Canet, said in a statement that the Map of Types of Forests in Costa Rica 2013, National Forest Inventory is a “robust and unprecedented” tool for the country.

“We will be able to see the actual structure, composition and species of our forests, in order to analyze and count the amount of carbon we have to offset to fulfill the commitment of the country to be carbon neutral by 2021,” he said.

The map was made with the joint work of SINAC, the Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE), the National Forest Development Fund (FONAFIFO), with the support of the German Technical Cooperation Agency (GIZ).

According to authorities, the map will contribute to the planning of forest land, to geographically locate and dimension types of forests, allow a sustainable forest management plan and for making informed land management decisions. (ACAN-EFE)

The Costa Rican News (TCRN)

San Jose, Costa Rica