Monday, November 17, 2008

Gold Mining Project Proposed in Great Green Macaw Habitat

Costa Rican President Oscar Arias is supporting a gold mining project in northern Costa Rica in the town of Las Crucitas, a project that will deforest 191 hectares of prime habitat (including habitat for the endangered Great Green Macaw), and threaten the water quality of the San Juan River.

The approval of this project would undermind the recent law passed that banned the cutting and exploitation of the Mountain Almond Tree (See post from September 20, "Almendro is Protected").

Yesterday hundreds of Costa Ricans and a delegation of Nicaraguans marched in protest of this proposed project in Ciudad Quesada-San Carlos in the northern region of the country.

For Spanish-speakers, read the full article about the protest here:

Keeping checking back for more updates on this situation.

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