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Nicaragua’s Tourist Investment at Rio San Juan in Jeopardy

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La Ruta del Lago, one of Nicaragua’s tourism projects with investments of millions, is endangered by the environmental devastation caused by the construction of a highway running alongside to the Rio San Juan in Costa Rica, environmentalists warn.

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Nicaraguan Tourism Project at Risk, Say Environmentalists.

La Ruta del Lago, one of Nicaragua’s tourism projects with investments of millions, is endangered by the environmental devastation caused by the construction of a highway in Costa Rica, environmentalists warn.

The warning comes from the Friends Foundation Rio San Juan (Fund), whose specialists recently flew over the area affected by the implementation of the road that runs parallel to the south bank of the channel at about 120 km journey.

Environmental, social and tourism are obvious and urgent remedy the situation, told reporters Founding Executive Director, Norwin Torres. The threatened area has vast forest resources and has animal species at risk of extinction, the expert noted. In Lake Route our country has invested several million dollars and what will the tourists come to see in the future?, questioned Torres, whose statements are now wide prominence in the national press.

The indigenous peoples are threatened, the people Rama has no extraction of freshwater shrimp, but the environmental impact goes much further because “its adverse effects will spread to all the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor,” said the representative of Fundar.

Under the administration of President Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua over the past five years significant progress in managing natural capital, enabling it to position itself as the second country in the subregion with the highest percentage of natural cover.

Details of the Central American Commission for Environment and Sustainable Development assessment, said Torres, who highlighted the five percent increase in coverage plant, the implementation of at least 30 management plans of protected areas and the demarcation of two indigenous territories in recognition of their rights.

During the five years was also achieved another declaration of a biosphere reserve and a new Ramsar site (Convention on the Wetlands of International Importance), he said. In addition, a network of 56 private reserves, distinguished the Founding executive, who recommended the continued implementation of the national strategy on desertification, reforestation campaign and improve solid waste management in the country .

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