The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today praised Costa Rica as “a global example in forest protection policies.”
During the Global Forum on Payments for Environmental Services (PES), which runs from today until next Thursday in San Jose, experts said the Central American country has a clear commitment to forests, natural heritage and environmental services making it a pioneer for the world.
“Costa Rica, in 30 years has reversed a history of deforestation and forest degradation, doubling its forest area to reach more than 50% of its territory. This is a unique case, in a region such as Latin America, which is characterized by the largest global deforestation rates,” said the deputy director general of the FAO, Eduardo Rojas.
The forum aims to highlight the importance of the establishment and implementation of PES schemes in tropical countries and share best practices and lessons learned globally.
The PES has payments distributed by governments to private landowners to conserve forests and natural resources within their territories.
In addition, the forum highlights projects and activities that have been undertaken in recent years to expand global efforts and help improve the PSA.
“The PSA is key to overcoming the underestimation in public forest policies and to overcome the dilemma of forest communities that are often faced with an ethically unacceptable choice: poverty or migration,” said Rojas.
The activity brings together experts from different countries, authorities and researchers involved in the development, implementation and support of PES mechanisms.
The Forum is organized by the National Forestry Financing Fund of Costa Rica (Fonafifo), the Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and the FAO. (ACAN-EFE)
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