The environmental history of the Republic of Costa Rica

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Environmental campaign at crisis point
By Cam Walker, Green Left Weekly, 15 October 1997. After more than two years of campaigning, one of Costa Rica's largest environmental and social struggles is reaching a crisis point. Local communities have been resisting efforts by close to 30 transnational mining companies which are attempting to open large-scale, open-cut gold mines which will utilise cyanide heap leaching extraction methods.
Costa Rica: Cocos Island now belongs to mankind
By C. BriceƱo & G. Chaves, La Nacion, [5 December 1997]. The United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization (UNESCO) declared the Cocos Island National Park a World Heritage Site. Due to the great distance that separates the island from the mainland it is considered to be a natural laboratory for the study of plant and animal evolution.
‘Costa Rica has been invaded by mining companies’
From Green Left Weekly, 1 December 1998. Gabriel Rivas Ducca has been supporting local communities in their fight against open-cut mining. The way the aboriginal communities are mistreated has been very important for many anti-mining campaigners.