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Global Environment Facility aids
mangrove conservation in Gulf of Nicoya


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

From the Marine Park of the Pacific in Puntarenas*, representatives of the Global Environmental Facility announced, on Tuesday, the launch of the "Comprehensive strategy for the management and conservation of the mangroves of the Gulf of Nicoya* 2019-2030."

The Global Environment Facility was established on the eve of the 1992 Rio Earth Summit to help tackle our planet's most pressing environmental problems.

The GEF unites 183 countries in partnership with international institutions, civil society organizations, and the private sector to address global environmental issues while supporting national sustainable development initiatives.

The strategy is aimed at recording the extent of the mangrove forests of the
Gulf of Nicoya*, to discover the different ways that the mangroves are used and to establish ways to rehabilitate the areas.

Based on the study, a plan was developed to protect the mangroves, contemplating five objectives:

1. Improve and maintain the integrity of the mangrove ecosystems of the
Gulf of Nicoya*.

2. Promote the sustainable management and conservation of mangroves.

3. Strengthen the participation of coastal communities and local institutional capacity.

4. Promote the generation of knowledge, the dialogue of knowledge and the exchange of good practices among local inhabitants.

5. Strengthen the capacities of different actors, especially administrators and local communities.
 

Haydée Rodríguez, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Environment, said, "the objective of the plan is to strengthen local policies, programs and efforts for the protection, recovery and sustainable use of the mangroves of the Gulf of Nicoya*, as well as to improve the quality of life of communities that depend on healthy mangroves to take advantage of their ecosystem goods and services."

The organization has said that recovering mangrove forests is essential for the mitigation of climate change.


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By the year 2021 it is estimated that 1,096 hectares of mangrove can be recovered, of which 697 hectares correspond to areas that have been degraded.

By the year 2021 it is estimated that 1,096 hectares of mangrove can be recovered, of which 697 hectares correspond to areas that have been degraded.

Jacklyn Rivera, coordinator of the National Wetlands Program, said "697 hectares have a potential to be restored, close to 200,000 tons of CO2".

The
Gulf of Nicoya* is one of the longest estuaries in Central America (1,530 km2 in surface area) and the most important in Costa Rica.

Marco Quesada, Director of Conservation International, said "the total average value of mangrove forests in the
Gulf of Nicoya* is $ 470 million per year and a median value of $ 75 million per year, this last figure represents 0.16 percent of the GDP in Costa Rica in 2015."

In 2018, mangrove coverage in the
Gulf of Nicoya* was estimated at 19,957 hectares and uses were identified such as: extraction of mollusks and crustaceans, fishing activities, recreational and tourism activities, salt production and production of marine shrimp.


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