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SETENA's Inefficiency Puts the Coastal Territories at Risk

  • A study done by the Contraloría finds flaws in environmental viability
  • Wetlands and Wildlife Refuges at risk of becoming polluted

In March 2009 people were burning a mangrove in Playa Peladas. Here we can see a MINAET employee from Ostional looking at the fire when it was too late to do something about it.
 
Same mangrove after the fire was out

San José (elpais.cr) – The damage to Costa Rica's coastal territories, such as wetlands, wildlife areas, mangrove swamps and national parks, has been caused in part by the inefficiency and lack of supervision on behalf of the Secretaría Técnica Nacional Ambiental (SETENA).

This was determined in a study done by the Contraloría General de la Republica (CGR) (National Comptroller's Office) in file DFOE-AE-IF-01-2010.

“SETENA's role in Strategic Environmental Evaluation, as well as in Environmental Impact Evaluation, has been both insufficient for the sustainable development of the coastal region and incongruous with the supervision needed for a healthy and ecologically-balanced environment”.

In the report, flaws were also found in the concession of environmental viabilities in certain real estate and tourism development sites, since some of them are invading public areas and do not have a suitable infrastructure for sewage treatment. In addition, SETENA does not have the staff needed to carry out environmental control and monitoring tasks, among other issues.

Therefore, the CGR has ordered the MINAET to enact several executive orders with the goal of changing the norms that currently regulate the way environmental impact evaluations are done, in addition to carrying out more efficient controls.

We must remember that the mangrove swamps, the wetlands, marshes, national parks and wildlife refuges belong to the State and they are at great risk of becoming polluted or undergoing a change in land use.

The time period evaluated went from October 1st, 2004 to December 31st, 2009.

To read the complete spanish article visit:
www.elpais.cr

 

 

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SETENA's Inefficiency Puts the Coastal Territories at Risk

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Seven days with the Nosara Police District
How much do you know about them?

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189 Years of Independence
Let’s Celebrate the Country’s Independence!

• Schools in Nosara and Samara will hold various activities for everyone’s enjoyment
• The Colegio de Nosara will participate with one of area’s best marching bands

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Legal Battle in Serapio López School
School Board Versus Director

• He’s accused of using checks with public funds
• Director argues that it’s a personal battle against him

In the month of March members of the Serapio López Fajardo School Board presented a penal denunciation against the school director for alleged fraudulent administration, falsification of public documents and use of false documents. More >

State of the Nicoya – Samara – Nosara Route
Bridges Continue Being Overlooked

• Government says they don’t have the money to fix them
• Controller characterizes the work of the Transportation Ministry as “deficient”

It seems that the 12 bridges along the road that connects Nicoya with Samara Beach will continue to be ignored by the Ministry of Public Works and Transportation (MOPT). More >

Elections of the new Nosara Community Development Board
Change of Board took place in orderly fashion and with great participation

The meeting between the Community Development Association of Nosara (ADCN), the National Direction of Community Development (DINADECO) and about 80 Nosareños was set for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, August 18 in FUCAN’s facilities. More >

 

 

 

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