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Association Will Seek Concession Over the Nosara River

By Oliver Pérez

The Nosara Development Association wants material from the Nosara River to benefit the community and expects that the Ministerio de Ambiente, Energía y Telecomunicaciones (Energy and Telecomunicatin Minister), through the Dirección de Geología y Minas (Geology and Mines Department), will take them into consideration, granting them a concession to exploit the river's materials.


Marco Tulio Ávila, President of the Asociación de Desarrollo Integral (Nosara Development Association), asked a Court to annul two concessions that were granted by the Dirección de Geología y Minas to two individuals.

Marlyn Castillo Morales won a concession in 2009 to extract materials from the river that goes from behind Viveros Tropicales to the restaurante Rancho Tico. to Inmobiliaria LAC de Grecia SA's concession was granted in 2010. It goes from restaurant Rancho Tico two km up the river.
Ávila's concern stems from the fact that there is another concession request by Constructora Varey SA, that will soon be approved.

The VON reviewed documentation related to the approved concessions and, in each case, permits complied with what is stipulated in the laws that regulate this activity. That is, they were correctly granted.

The two concessions allow for materials to be extracted for up to two kilometers along the riverbed for a 10-year period, with an additional 5-year extension. The concessionaires have not extracted materials yet.

The Mining Code also gives Associations the right to be part of a permit, allowing them to exploit rivers to extract their materials. According to Marco Ávila, the Association hopes that with this material the town will benefit by fixing several roads that urgently need to be repaired. "Our hope is that the material extracted from the river will remain right here. That is why we are looking for the annulment of those concessions, in order for the Association to hold that permit", Ávila explained.

The Executive branch, through an Executive Order dated November 22nd, 2005, and based on a State of Need and Urgency, has an exception regime that allows it to take action and assign resources needed to face emergency situations. In the case of the Dirección de Geología y Minas, it only requires that the Comisión Nacional de Emergencias or its local committees contact them to obtain permission to use river materials, with most of the coordination conducted by the Mayors.

Concessionaires have been very collaborative with the community. For example, in June they authorized the Association to extract materials to fill potholes on several roads that were almost impassable to vehicles, on behalf of the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes. For this job, and in order to transport material from the Nosara River, the Association had the permission of the Dirección de Geología y Minas.


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