Forests and Crops Make Friendly Neighbors in Costa Rica
Ortiz, Diego Arguedashttp://www.ipsnews.net/2016/07/forests-and-crops-grow-hand-by-hand-in-costa-rica/
Publisher: Inter Press Secretary News Agency
Date Written: 26/07/2016
Year Published: 2016
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX19813
The ways to better agricultural development is to promote co-existence of farming and forestry, and encourage farmers to be productive and competitive.
FAO states that a big part of Costa Ricas success comes from PES, a financial incentive that acknowledges those ecosystem services resulting from forest conservation and management, reforestation, natural regeneration and agroforestry systems.
Both FAO and local experts interviewed by IPS agreed that PES seized upon a national and international crossroads to launch a program that despite its success, is not the only cause for Costa Ricas recovery.
Costa Ricas success cannot be exclusively attributed to PES since other policies, like the creation of the National Protected Areas System and its education system, also played a major role, Rodríguez explained.
Beyond this program, the country has a longstanding environmental tradition: close to a quarter of its territory is under some type of protection, the forestry law bans forest conversion, and sports hunting, open-air metallic mining and oil exploitation are all illegal.