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Opinion
Natural Resources Suffer with the Law of PORTAMI

By Carlos Esquivel Esquivel
President of the ASADA of Samara
04/11/13


Water. Not a day passes in which they country’s informational media don’t discuss the need to protect water resources, but that’s as far as it goes, just words and publications, no concrete actions, especially not from government entities. 

Chopping down trees. Every weekend, on Fridays after 4 p.m., the parade of trailers heading toward the La Amistad (Friendship) bridge begins. These go loaded with stumps of wood protected by law, especially espavel, which grows at the edges of rivers and water sources, as well as mahogany, Guanacaste, cenizaro, etc. I’ve gone to MINAE but they don’t do anything since they allege that they don’t have vehicles with which to mobilize.

Forest fires. In this era, environmental terrorists enjoy with great impunity setting fire to national parks and mountains, destroying plant and animal life, causing irreparable damage to the environment. And the authorities, if I saw you, I don’t recall. 
 
Poison in rivers and creeks. In this era, not a single river or creek exists that hasn’t been poisoned to catch prawns and the authorities don’t even try to investigate.

Another serious problem for wildlife is that the collection of water sources is 100%, leaving nothing to the few animals that remain. Who will regulate and oversee this? No one.

Trash in the rivers. Due to the closure of the sanitary landfill of Nicoya by the Ministry of Health, all of the rivers and streets of the canton have converted into open-air dumps. Who will clean the rivers and the streets? No one. Since we’ve already become accustomed to throwing trash in the rivers, we’re going to keep doing it.

Destruction of the wetlands. No one cares, much less the authorities of the branch. Just in Playa Samara, two were destroyed, one in front of the ICE towers, another in Cantarana, and the mangrove of the Lagarto River and in Esterones and in Nosara and in the whole country. And MINAET, PORTAMI. (PORTAMI is a tico expression that means it doesn’t matter to me.)

The ASADAs are orphans. The water boards don’t count on the support of AYA; they don’t have technical support and much less legal support. The ASADAs that have disputes regarding lands and easements have to go it alone, as the Rural Aqueducts legal department doesn’t give us any backing.
AYA should obligate all of the ASADAs to install meters, as more than one doesn’t have measurement, which stimulates waste (I know one case where the president of the ASADA has a hog lot and uses the aqueduct’s water to care for the pigs.) PORTAMI.

Legislators, please, the country urgently needs the water law, which sleeps with the dream of the just since 12 years ago. The ASADAs need the Law of Administrative Associations of Communal Aqueducts, expedient number 17014, published in La Gaceta, issue 44 on March 3, 2011. But you guys frequently practice PORTAMI. 

 

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Natural Resources Suffer with the Law of PORTAMI

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