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International prizes awarded to Costa Rica

October 2021: The Earthshot Award

Costa Rica was honored with the prestigious Earthshot Award in the Protect and Restore Nature category for its successful conservation model and policy of paying citizens to protect forests and restore ecosystems. Designed to protect the planet and encourage change over the next 10 years, the award is given by the UK's Royal Foundation to winners whose solutions substantially help the environment.

Costa Rica will use the prize of more than US$1 million to develop marine conservation and counteract the impacts of climate change.

"This award is an opportunity to strengthen conservation in our national treasure, Cocos Island, and the waters of the Pacific and Caribbean," said Minister of Environment and Energy Andrea Meza. "The time has come to replicate in the sea what has been done on land."

December 2020: UN Global Climate Action Award

Costa Rica was one of the winning countries in the UN Global Climate Action Awards in the category of Financing for Climate Friendly Investment for the Payments for Environmental Services (PES) Program. This is a financial mechanism that promotes forest ecosystem conservation.

December 2020: World Bank project

In 2020, Costa Rica signed an agreement that will allow it to receive $60 million over five years in recognition of the forest protection and emissions reductions made by thousands of families, communities and public entities. The agreement will particularly benefit women's and youth groups engaged in conservation actions and key populations such as indigenous groups.

November 2020: Green Climate Fund

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) finances climate change mitigation and adaptation projects and, in 2020, they agreed to grant Costa Rica a total of $54 million in recognition of 14.7 million metric tons of carbon dioxide captured in 2014 and 2015 by the country's forests.

October 2019: The Global Ocean Refuge Award

Cocos Island National Park was awarded the distinguished international Blue Park Award by the U.S. Marine Conservation Institute. This recognition is due to Costa Rica´s management of the marine protected area, as well as the Cocos Island National Park´s environmental protection efforts and its commitment to biodiversity conservation.

September 2019: Champions of the Earth Award

The United Nations' highest environmental honor was given to Costa Rica in the category of Political Leadership. This was in recognition of its role in the protection of nature and its commitment to ambitious policies to combat climate change. The country has been particularly lauded for its National Decarbonization Plan to achieve a zero emissions economy by 2050.

September 2019: Montreal Protocol International Award

This distinction rewards the country's work in the prevention of illicit trafficking of substances that deplete the ozone layer, specifically for the actions carried out in 2014 with the seizure of 400 cylinders containing the refrigerant R-22 of the HCFC family (an ozone-depleting substance).

May 2019: Global Sustainability Forum (GSF) Award.

This is an initiative of the United Nations and companies of the Business Council for Sustainable Development. The honor is traditionally bestowed upon private companies in recognition of their efforts in sustainable practice, but in 2019 it was awarded to a country for the first time.

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 COP26: Costa Rica co-heads an ambitious alliance against fossil fuels

At the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, 11 national and subnational governments led by Costa Rica and Denmark announced the launch of the Beyond Oil & Gas Alliance (BOGA). This represents their commitment to ending future oil and gas production and exploration within their borders.

Six nations have joined the alliance as core members including Ireland, Greenland, France, Sweden, Quebec and Wales. Portugal, New Zealand and the state of California will also join as associate members and Italy, the European Union’s second biggest oil producer, will join as a “friend” of the coalition.

The BOGA was hailed as an important step by climate campaigners as it is the first such international coalition of governments who are determined to set an end date for their oil and gas exploration and extraction activities. This is in alignment with the objective of the 2015 Paris Agreement to limit global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial levels.

The coalition describes its key aims as elevating the issue of phasing out oil and gas production in international climate dialogues, mobilising action and commitments and creating an international community of practice on this issue.

Andrea Meza, Costa Rica's environment and energy minister, has highlighted the urgent need to halt new exploitation licences and gradually mark the end of fossil fuel production. "Every dollar that we invest in a new fossil fuel projects is a dollar less that we invest in renewables, in clean transport and for the conservation for nature… it’s about how to really leverage momentum to start this conversation,” Meza said during a press conference in Glasgow.

For Costa Rica, the issue of banning oil exploration and exploitation is nothing new and when it comes to environmental sustainability, few countries rival the nation in terms of concrete action and ambition.

The country has adopted a plan to achieve total decarbonisation and a zero net emissions economy by 2050. It has also restored large areas of rainforest after suffering one of the highest rates of deforestation in the world in the 1970s and 1980s.

Despite the country´s small size, Costa Ricans have also played an important role in developing international environmental policy. One of the most notable figures is Christiana Figueres who is an internationally recognized leader on global climate change and an architect of the 2015 Paris Agreement.


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