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Despite making up only 0.03% of the Earth’s surface, Costa Rica boasts 6% of global biodiversity, a surprising fact that is down to the country’s privileged location right in the centre of the American Continent.
A consciousness and respect for this astounding natural wealth is what first began work in the area of conservation and sustainable development.
Costa Rica is a pioneering country in the area of sustainable tourism and the ground work for this progress was laid in the 1970s with the creation of the first national parks. Today, more than 30% of the country is legally protected in this way.
The legal basis for the protected, sustainable approach in Costa Rica includes the following features:
- Environmental protection and restoration
- Protection for local businesses to promote commercial success.
- Promotion of cultural identity and cultural development.
- Protection of natural resources.
Tourism has a key part to play in all of this, and is vital in ensuring sustainability. As a result, Costa Rica’s aim is that everything it does drives towards the goal of allowing travellers and tourists to experience this natural wealth first hand, whilst at the same time maintaining a respect for nature and achieving an environmental equilibrium. We are conscious that every decision or action that is taken has an important impact in maintaining this equilibrium.
At Hotel Mariposa we believe that sustainability is not just a way of protecting nature and the environment, but also contributes to humanity’s own survival.
In Costa Rica this thinking and way of life – at one with our surroundings – is an internal thought process, a profound belief, a deep respect and an absolute priority.
Costa Rica takes new steps every day towards a sustainability which includes different features of innovation and inclusion in its tourism, with a focus on tourists who are ever more on the search for experiences over material products.
A study carried out by the Costa Rican Institute for Tourism showed that the country has 32 independent sub destinations, with demand, deals, experiences, gastronomy, culture, and the potential to become focal points for tourism that offer great opportunities for development.
We are reaching a point where sustainability is becoming a state of mind and it represents a certain approach to how things should be done. Environmental conservation is without a doubt its keystone. Nevertheless, conservation is just one part of achieving sustainability, which is in essence about a combination and balance between three spheres of human activity: protection of the environment, the economy, and society.
There are ever more businesses here committed to implementing practices which protect the environment, and this is driving progress in the protection of natural resources as well as building experience in the area of sustainable development. In so doing Costa Rica is becoming a role model and world class pioneer in this area.