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
Travel uncertainty cancels Costa Rica’s upcoming soccer friendly against MexicoAlejandro Zúñiga - September 22, 2020
The Costa Rican Football Federation (Fedefutbol) on Tuesday announced the cancellation of the men's national team's planned friendly match against…
Costa Rica coronavirus updates for Tuesday, September 22Alejandro Zúñiga - September 22, 2020
Costa Rica announced 15 new coronavirus-related deaths over the last day for a total of 760, according to official data…