The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – The Global Environmental Fund of the United Nations has approved a program for the conservation and sustainable use of 11 wetlands declared as protected areas in Costa Rica.

Through a press release, the Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE) stated that the amount allocated by the UN program is $3.7 million and will have a sum for a part of the the Costa Rican government of $17 million.

“Thanks to this initiative one can expect valuable resources that will allow in the coming years important improvement in the generation of knowledge and tools for management, monitoring and conservation of the country’s wetlands,” said the Deputy Minister of Environment newsletter, Ana Lorena Guevara.

The project called ‘Conservation, sustainable use of biodiversity and maintenance of protected ecosystem services of wetlands of international importance’ will develop pilot projects in wetlands of international importance, known as Ramsar sites.

Wetlands cover about 10% of Costa Rican territory, that is about 5,000 square kilometers, 600 wetlands are identified in the country and only 350 are registered under special management by MINAE.

The agency responsible for implementing the funds will be the National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC), belonging to MINAE, which seeks to increase the representativeness of protected wetland ecosystems and to give additional protection to 12,063 hectares of wetlands found in critical condition.

Protection plans, demarcation of the boundaries of sensitive areas, ecological monitoring systems and developing programs to increase public awareness, will be implemented.

In addition, implementation of payments for environmental services to private owners as incentives for the conservation, sustainable use and the reduction of threats to wetlands including invasive species and climate change services, will be evaluated.

Costa Rica is a country of 4.7 million inhabitants and is home to 4.5% of the planet’s biodiversity.

The Costa Rica News (TCRN)

San Jose, Costa Rica