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Costa Rica’s San Juan River Valley Project Could Hurt Green Image.

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As Costa Rica pushes forward with its agenda at San Juan River valley is at work a model of development akin to a “McDonaldization” of northern Costa Rica. As it builds the highway comes, shopping centers, gas stations, restaurants, mines, cattle ranches all of which will gradually replace its tropical landscape, leaving protected areas as the memory of what was the rainforest northern Costa Rica.

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Original Article Text From La Prensa Nicaragua via Google Translate :

Ecological Paradigm Shift in Costa Rica

Costa Rica has been internationally recognized and admired among other things, four paradigms that have marked its foreign policy and development strategy: its commitment to democracy since 1948, including a strong citizen participation and local development, the rule of law, its proclaimed nature conservation and its preference for the civilian to militarism.

Costa Rica has declared the ecological balance is a priority of its foreign policy and sustainable development is development strategy, including the conservation of natural resources, ecotourism and scientific and technical development. But everything indicates that we are facing a change of course policy and a poloicy that goes far beyond the direct damage of a direct attack against the tropical rain forest in the San Juan River Basin (SJRB) which recalls the style of the sixties when in LA, in the name of progress, directed colonization drove through roads and electrical infrastructure. Behind were the great interests of the landowners, loggers, ranchers and mining in collusion with government officials.

There are many serious environmental impacts, social and cultural aspects of this system of roads that affect directly and indirectly in the SJRB Nicaragua, Nicaragua to what must be firmly make their forecasts in the framework of dialogue and international law. But the more severe the impact on protected areas and ecosystems of northern Costa Rica and affected by deforestation and pollution and severely fragmented by the development of short-term economic activities such as production of oranges, pineapple and ranching . Doña Laura did not consult with its citizens the construction of these works or has given information about the environmental and social impact of the same, but has created an illusion of progress.

Does not take much imagination to know that this system of roads in place of progress will lead to increased immigration and human settlement and economic activities in the rainforest, which will accelerate the deterioration of the environment and natural resources of the ecosystems of northern Costa Rica. Also promote the enrichment of “investors” and legal and illegal immigrants and traffickers opportunists of all stripes, which will use the situation to get cake like ants to natural resources, shattering not only the environment, but in passing the proclaimed policy Costa Rica’s sustainable development, rapidly losing its international credibility.

Policy will surely be replaced by more of the same: a development model known as absurd, exclusionary and destructive to all that this involves social, cultural and environmentally, than return boomerang and hit the image that many years of democracy and preserving them building has cost our fellow Ticos. Risk is the consolidation of a model of “development” and use a sort of carnival McDonaldization of northern Costa Rica, that could end the rural economy and local Costa Rican culture, irreversibly affecting San Juan River Basin .

Zones, shopping centers, gas stations, signs, fast food restaurants, mines, cattle ranches and pineapples gradually replace tropical landscape and biodiversity, leaving some protected areas and their labels as the memory of what was the rainforest northern Costa Rica. A new ecocide in the world will be consummated.

What next? How will Costa Rica to manage its new border highway that is a physical barrier to biodiversity but not for illegal immigration and drug trafficking likely to increase? ¿Military patrols and surveillance walls with turrets? At what cost? Under tropical rains 6,000 mm a year. National security is the favorite theme of Donna Laura. She will know.

Doña Laura can go down in history as the first woman president and that started deliberately destroying the rich tropical ecosystems of northern Costa Rica in the name of globalization, progress, sovereignty and national security, the decision is in their hands. Costa Rica can boost your preferred model of development within their borders, but make sure you do not become San Juan river in a barrel of toxic waste drain.

Hopefully the people tico organized civil society and the scientific and environmental community of Costa Rica, highly respected and internationally renowned make it reconsider. For now Nicaragua should rethink its national development strategy and its relations with Costa Rica, the rest of Central America, Latin America and the world, giving an example of maturity and intelligence by appealing to international law and dialogue avoiding confrontational positions that nobody needs not want in Central America. Have enough internal problems, to get us more problems falling into provocation unfortunate policy, which at the end of history will be reversed against their authors.

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