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As most of you might know, Costa Rica prides itself because of its sustainable practices as tourism destination.  Part of these efforts has helped protect over 25% of our territory in National Parks.

As most of you might know, Costa Rica prides itself because of its sustainable practices as tourism destination.  Part of these efforts has helped protect over 25% of our territory in National Parks.  Most of these areas have pristine primary tropical forests which we proudly take care off.  Because of this luxury that we have, we would like to present you with very important information regarding your behavior in any of the national areas you decide to visit.  This includes the situation in the world, Costa Rica and how you can help.

The World Situation in General

  • There is an agreement between different governments of the world called CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora).  Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.
  • Annually, international wildlife trade is estimated to be worth billions of dollars and to include hundreds of millions of plant and animal specimens.  The trade is diverse, ranging from live animals and plants to a vast array of wildlife products derived from them (i.e. food, leather, musical instruments, timber, tourist souvenirs, medicines, etc).
  • Levels of exploitation of some animal and plant species are so high that, together with habitat loss and other factors, their populations could be depleted to even bring them to extinction.
  • The trade in wild animals and plants crosses borders between countries.  Thus the importance of international cooperation.
  • CITES accords varying degrees of protection to more than 30,000 species of animals and plants, whether they are traded as live specimens, fur coats or dried herbs.
  • Not one species protected by CITES has become extinct as a result of trade since the Convention entered into force.

Costa Rica’s Laws,  Please do not forget to visit our National Parks, Refuges and Reserves

Wildlife is conformed by any flora or fauna that lives in natural conditions be it temporary or permanent, in national territory.  These flora and fauna are never to be under a particular ownership unless specified by law.

  • The production, manipulation, extraction, commercialization, industrialization and use of genetic material from our wild flora and fauna, its parts, products and sub products are declared national patrimony.
  • The hunting, fishing and extraction of any flora and fauna declared in ways of extinction is prohibited, except in cases where “sustainable” reproduction is done in places with proper authorization.
  • Natural Resources Vigilance Committees are volunteer organizations that exist in all parts of the country and are governed by the Ministry of Environment.  Their purpose is to eliminate illegal hunting and deforestation.  These committees, the COVIRENAS, are of great support to the Ministry of Environmental Protection and can be of great incentive for people from the community who want to protect their natural surroundings.

Please observe these concientious recommendations:

  • It is prohibited in any Nature Reserve or National Park to feed any animals.
  • It is prohibited in any Nature Reserve or National Park to extract any flora out of the forest.  Please do not take any samples of plants, branches or flowers that you might find in our paths or nature trails.
  • It is prohibited in any Nature Reserve or National Park to hunt any wild animals.  Please report any illegal or strange activity you might see along the trails, around the park or in its surrounding areas.

Our suggestions:

  • Do not buy products derived from endangered flora or fauna species (i.e. fur, turtle eggs, turtle products, leather, ornamental plants, medicinal plants, etc).
  • Do not extract any products from any forest.
  • Protect nature; consult the proper authorities if you notice any illegal poaching (of flora or fauna).
  • Do not buy live flora or fauna that are in extinction.
  • When buying wooden souvenirs, always look for a certification of its production.
  • For more detailed information on regulations or endangered species visit the CITES website at www.cites.org



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