Tourist infrastructure of Costa Rica’s Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge receives a boost

Published on : Thursday, August 10, 2017

Costa Rica’sThe Caño Negro National Mixed Wildlife Refuge, a wetland and wildlife protection area located in the north of Costa Rica, has received US$1.4 million for development of tourist infrastructure.


The investment includes a management and usage plan for the docks, an operational strategy to implement comprehensive solid waste management, as well as workshops to strengthen and support local entrepreneurship in sustainable tourism, marketing, legal advice and leadership.


The Presidential House indicated that a visitor centre was constructed in the refuge, as well as an 18-meter high tower for observing birds, a dock for embarkation and landing of tourists and a raised terrestrial path.


The project was unveiled to the community and Rangers on Friday by Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis and Environment and Energy Minister Edgar Gutierrez.


“This new infrastructure is necessary to revive the local economy, increase tourist visits and provide better working conditions to our park rangers,” the official said.


It is a declared Ramsar site of international importance, located in the northern part of the province of Alajuela, near the border with Nicaragua, and constitutes, together with some parts of the neighbouring country, one of the most outstanding examples of wetlands in Mesoamerica.


The Caño Negro Refuge is the last protected wilderness, of the 10 chosen for tourism infrastructure investment and the strengthening of sustainable management.


The other areas benefited by the project were the national parks of Manuel Antonio, Corcovado, Marino Ballena and Volcano Rincon de la Vieja, in the Pacific; Cahuita and Tortuguero, in the Caribbean; And Volcano Irazu, Arenal Volcano and Poas Volcano (centre).

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