I suppose there are number of reasons why I like Costa Rica so much. Here is just one more:

“The aim is to achieve the neutrality goal by 2021 to coincide with the country’s 200th independence anniversary. The strategy will build on Costa Rica’s decision to tax fossil fuels in 1996, with 3.5 percent of the money raised allocated to the National Forestry Financing Fund, Manso told IPS. This, along with other financial support such as loans and grants, is part of a payment for environmental services programme that pays landowners who manage forests for their carbon sequestration and storage alongside management for water production, biodiversity and scenic beauty. Costa Rica’s programme will include support for the Billion Tree Campaign established by UNEP and the World Agroforestry Centre. In 2007 Costa Rica planted more than five million trees — 1.25 per person — making it the highest per capita planting in the world. Other elements of the strategy include increasing the percentage of renewable energy generation to well over 90 percent, and action on energy efficiency including energy saving appliances. Biofuels and a switch to electric and hybrid buses and cars are also part of the plan alongside capture and use of methane from landfills and wastewater treatment plants as a fuel. The decision to become climate neutral was taken by President Oscar Arias as part of a new initiative called Peace with Nature. ‘The Peace with Nature initiative honours the ethical, human, social, environmental and economic approach which Costa Rica has towards the environment and sustainable development,’ Manso said.” The full article can be found at http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=40443

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