Costa Rica sets gold standards for international tourism regarding sustainability and environment

Published on : Friday, September 20, 2019

Within the last decade, Costa Rica has become one of the gold standards for international tourism with regard to sustainability and the environment. The country runs principally on renewable energy and its president, Carlos Alvarado Quesada, has aims to achieve zero net emissions by 2050.

 

Last year, Costa Rica welcomed more than 3 million visitors, and, in the first six months of this year, it witnessed a 4% increase in tourist arrivals.

 

Costa Rica’s minister of tourism, María Amalia Revelo Raventós said what sustainability means to Costa Ricans, and their new campaign “Only the Essentials.”

 

María Amalia Revelo Raventós said that sustainability means to be able to take care of nature, people and being able to build a better world for all as well as the tourists who are visiting the country.

 

Talking about sustainability, there are talks about avoiding or diminishing the effects of climate change; there are also talks about decarbonization, having a better quality of life for the communities.

 

Costa Rica has a long history of being sustainable, even when that word wasn’t really known much. When Costa Rica decided to abolish the army in 1948, that money was spent on health and education and for creating a better quality of life.

 

Costa Rica is focused towards protecting its diverse nature. Between 90%-95% of Costa Rica’s energy is produced by hydroelectric, solar or geothermic means. Its energy production is almost all clean energy.

 

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