Local news and opinion reaching the communities of nosara, samarA and Nicoya
Log in |
Return to homepage
home regional community sports entertainment surf nature health en Espa´┐Żol English
December 09
January 2010
February 2010
Water Edition
March 2010
April 2010
May 2010
June 2010
July 2010
August 2010
September 10
October 10
November 10
December 10
January 2011
February 2011
March 2011
April 2011
May 2011
June 2011
July 2011
August 2011
September 11
October 11
November 11
December 11
January 2012
February 2012
March 2012
April 2012
May 2012
June 2012
July 2012
August 2012
September 12
October 12
November 12
December 12
January 13
February 13
March 13
April 13
May 13
  El Pais
  Inside Costa Rica
  Costa Spirit
  Q Costa Rica
  Today Costa Rica
  El Sabanero
  Nosara Animal Care
  Nosara Info
Esquelita de Nosara
  Friends of Nosara
  Nosara Civic Association

Diria Park Protects Animals But Limits Owners’ Rights

By Henry MoralesFor Evolucionando newspaper

Photo by Adam Dietrich
These farmers are dedicated to, among other things, the cultivation of coffee.

The Diria National Park is one of the parks with the richest biodiversity in our country. However, the park’s creation has brought conflict for about 170 families whose properties ended up incorporated within the jurisdiction of the park.  

The parks protects 5.448 hectares of primary and secondary forest and is located in the Canton of Santa Cruz and part of the high areas of Nicoya.

This project was developed with the objective of protecting animal and plant species that are in danger of extinction, as well as the water tables that feed the Medio, Tigre, Diria and Verde rivers. 
According to environmental specialists, the white tailed deer, the turkey hen, the ocelot and the bell bird are in danger of extinction.  

These families allege that they haven’t been paid, that their normal agricultural labor is restricted and that MINAET impedes them from selling their properties.

According to Jose Santos Briceño Gomez, who is the president of the Frente Campesino (Farmers Front) that was formed in the area to demand their rights, “We were never notified of this project and even less so have they called us to make any arrangement…We have the problem that has been getting worse; people have even been filed against already for working on their farm.”

Briceño allges that they are not against the park, but what they are demanding of the government is just pay according to the real value of the properties in order to have the resources available to relocate to another sector.

“The park has already been created and we aren’t opposed, but we do demand punctual payment of the value of the properties, because this does belong to us by law,” he argued.

For his part as representative of MINAET, Marin believes that those affected are permitted to continue working their lands, although under the standards legally established by international agreements and the law of the creation of parks. According to Marin, the property owners can practice agricultural labors and raise livestock as long as they don’t cut down primary or secondary forest; they are not permitted to cut trees for lumber purposes or change land use such as converting a forest site into an urban or industrial activities zone.  Strict control of the use of chemicals should exist, and burning and hunting are definitely prohibited.

These farmers are dedicated to, among other things, the cultivation of basic grains and raising domestic animals, and lately the cultivation of coffee has gained force to supply the cooperative of Coopepilangosta R.L. of Hojancha.

Consulting Briceño about the measures they plan to take, he said that they already presented a “contencioso administrativo” (administrative dispute) and if necessary they will go to the Constitutional Court for a recurso de amparo (constitutional appeal).


More nature news

Auction for Nosara Wildlife Rescue to Be Held Feb. 1st

Nosara Wildlife Rescue’s fifth annual fundraiser and auction will be held this year at Harbor
Reef’s Reef Restaurant on the evening of February1st. There will be a small entrance fee, which will include bocas and refreshments.  There will also be a cash bar.

Macaw Population Being Revitalized in Nicoya Peninsula

Once abundant in the Nicoya Peninsula, the Ara Macaw (lapa roja) population has decreased over the years, but efforts are now being made to help the macaws recover.

New Nature Trail Opens in Nosara

December 12th marked the opening of a new hiking trail cut through the jungle on land administered by the Nosara Civic Association just off the “high road.”  With plans for expansion to about six kilometers, the current trail offers 2.1 kilometers of relatively easy hiking.

NY Students are Back and Working Hard to Finish Recycling Center

In order not to loose momentum of the construction of the new recycling center in Nosara, the students from the New York Institute of Technology decided to return to Nosara for the first three weeks in January to get as close as they can to completion.

Contact us: NOSARA [email protected] / PUBLICITY and ADVERTISING [email protected]
Copyright 2012© The Voice of Nosara