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    Over 100 Environmental Initiatives Implemented to Help Costa Rica’s Metropolitan Areas

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    The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – Retrieving the soil, air, water and flora of the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM) is part of the new urban development plan promoted by the Government of the Republic, called “2013 GAM Plan”. Municipalities, universities and educational institutions are developing projects to regenerate the environment.

    There are at least 50 projects divided into different groups, some of which are already underway and others are about to begin. The topics are varied and range from analyzing air quality in urban parks to eliminating deforestation.

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    “The design plan has been inclusive and highly participatory. The initial phase of the project consisted of consulting organizations and entities making a complete map of what actions were developed and thus not repeat initiatives that are already underway,” said Tomás Martínez, secretary of GAM Plan 2013.

    Entities such as the Technological Institute of Costa Rica (RERI), the State University (UNED), the Municipality of San José, the Lyceum of Paradise and the Municipality of Cartago projects are part of this initiative.

    For example in terms of water – one of the major concerns – there is a project to create a biological corridor in the Torres river in San Jose as well as the calculation of the impact of housing and industries located along the river banks Paradise of Carthage.

    According to the “2013 GAM Plan”, the untreated sewage remains the most significant challenge to manage the risk of contamination of water bodies.

    The Housing Minister said that funding will come from the reservation of a portion of the increase in national taxes, contribution of municipalities, and property taxes.

    The Costa Rica News (TCRN)

    San Jose Costa Rica

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