Leatherback National Park Safe…for right now
(December 1, 2008 – San José, Costa Rica)
This past Thursday November 27, the Congress’ Environmental Commission carried out its final ordinary period session, without having been presented any motions to review the decision to reject the three proposed law changes that attempted to alter the Leatherback Marine National Park’s boundaries. As it stands, the decision to halt the projects has been ratified and the proposals have been tabled for good without further discussion.
However, the Commission now enters its extraordinary sessions beginning this week and running through May. During this period, the executive branch holds the right to present projects which it considers of the upmost priority. In the following months a new proposal is expected; one that includes its own mettlesome politics that work to do away with the National Park. “The Environment Minister has been indigently and shamefully supporting the reduction of the Leatherback National Park”, denounced Congressman and Environmental Commission member José Merino.
“The Vice Minister of the Environment has already announced that the executive branch intends to present another project that would protect both turtle’s and people’s interests”, said Edwin Alpízar of the Costa Rican organization Bosques Nuestros, “but the majority of these ‘people’ are foreign investors who have recurred to every measure imaginable to circumvent Constitutional Court and State Attorney mandates to proceed with the immediate expropriation of private lands within the Leatherback National Marine Park and consolidate its creation”, denounced Alpízar.
“The Environmental Commission has clearly stated that the National Park’s limits must be maintained in order for the leatherback sea turtle to continue to do what it has done for millions of years, and that’s to lay its eggs on these tropical beaches”, informed Randall Arauz of the Costa Rican organization Pretoma. “The leatherback’s fate is a large responsibility that rests on Costa Rica’s shoulders, and the world will judge us by the actions we now take”, warned Arauz.http://www.pretoma.org/leatherback-national-park-safefor-right-now/Press Releases