Costa Rica Government: Nicaraguan Soldiers Cut Down Trees in Protected Wetland
The Costa Rican government filed a formal complaint against Nicaragua on Tuesday before the Organization of American States (OAS) for alleged environmental damage to its national territory.
Costa Rica claims that during the dredging of the San Juan River, which serves as the northeast border between the two countries, Nicaraguan soldiers felled trees on Isla Calero on the south side of the river, a protected wetland. Costa Rica also claims that Nicaragua’s dredge for the project deposited sediment in the wetland.
The government requested an assessment from the Secretary of the International Convention on Wetlands (RAMSAR) to determine the severity of the damage.
RAMSAR included the area on its list of internationally important wetlands on March 20, 1996. Costa Rica and Nicaragua both claim parts of the territory as their own.
You may be interested
Pic of the Day: Costa Rica’s Isla Nublar (aka Cocos Island)Alejandro Zúñiga - April 18, 2019
Isla Nublar, the setting for much of the "Jurassic Park" series, is unfortunately not a real Costa Rican island. Cocos…
Costa Rica holds Maduro regime responsible for diplomat’s safetyAFP and The Tico Times - April 18, 2019
The Costa Rican Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday that it places responsibility with the Venezuelan government of Nicolás Maduro for…
Venezuela withdraws diplomatic credential from Costa Rican diplomatAFP and The Tico Times - April 17, 2019
Venezuela withdrew the diplomatic credential from the Costa Rican chargé d'affaires on Tuesday in retaliation for the country’s acceptance of…