Costa Rican Court critizes poor performance of Ministry of Environment regarding Las Baulas National Park.
(March 8, 2010 – San José, Costa Rica).
The Comptrollership Court of Costa Rica criticized the poor performance of the Ministry of Environment (MINAET), regarding the process to consolidate Las Baulas National Park, through a report issue last February 26 (DFOE-PGAA-IF-3-2010). For the Comptrollership, this matter is of great importance, due to the importance of this National Park, created to protect the most important remaining nesting site for leatherback turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) in the Eastern Pacific.
The report points out strong weaknesses in the geographic delimitation of the Park’s boundaries, as well as inconsistencies in the expropriation process of the lands, specifically the appraisal, where in a brief period of 11 months, prices were raised up to 6,037%. It also criticizes the fact that MINAET didn’t’ even react to this variation in prices, even though the State must assume the cost. The Comptrollership warns that the project to reduce the Park’s limits will not solve the problem nor the threats to the leatherbacks, and would translate into irreversible environmental damage.
The Minister of Environment, Jorge Rodríguez, dismissed the criticism, and announce that he already filed a request to revoke the orders of the report.
“Although the position of the Minister of Environment is very disappointing, we aren’t surprised”, said Randall Arauz, of Pretoma, a Costa Rican NGO that defends the process to consolidate Las Baulas National Park. “In spite of the orders of the Constitutional Court, the General Attorney and now the Comptrollership, as well as the opinion of the Defender of the Inhabitants, tens of thousands of Costa Rican, and the main national and international conservation NGOs, the heads of the Presidency and the MINAET insist in favoring the private interest and promoting the urban development of Las Baulas National Park.http://www.pretoma.org/costa-rican-court-critizes-poor-performance-of-ministry-of-environment-regarding-las-baulas-national-park/Press Releases