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President Oscar Arias passed the Peace
with Nature initiative and, facing pressure from investors, established an
integrated commission consisting of high level specialists to analyze whether
or not to continue with the expropriation of lands within the LeatherbackNationalMarinePark
in Guanacaste. The commission, focusing on technical studies regarding
environmental frailty in Playa Grande and Tamarindo, and later consulting with
different groups and having visited the park, concluded that:
* The LeatherbackPark
was well conceived from a leatherback turtle protection point of view,
including inside its limits a 125
meter terrestrial border beginning at the high tide line
at Playa Grande, Ventanas, and Carbón.
* The public acquisition
through the expropriation proceedings is the best solution, not only for the
Park's objectives, but for the fundamental protection of nesting habitat for
the leatherbacks, in addition to the respected property rights and interests of
However, the President
paid a "deaf ear" to the commission's high level recommendation,
siding with the investor's interests who will not except having their lands
expropriated as they are more concerned with taking advantage of the Park's
lands (and all Costa Ricans) for their own lucrative business opportunities.
On August 25 Arias sent
the Legislative Assembly (in time to be seen during the extra ordinary session)
project Nº 16.915, which attempts to segregate the LeatherbackPark.
This project had been proposed previously by Jorge Eduardo Sánchez, the
By acting in this way, the President makes it clear to us that:
1-The Government is not interested in the LeatherbackPark
or the turtles.
Peace with Nature is just a front, and the commission's high level members have
Political opposition and the existing government both represent the same thing.
has abandoned his representative and Legislative Assembly Vice President, Maureen Ballestero,
along with her authentic interpretation project, a project that while not
favoring the Park, differentiates itself (according to the interests of those
defending it) from Jorge Eduardo Sánchez's project sponsored by Arias.
that the ball (and the leatherback's destiny) is in the representative's court,
we must hope that honest and brave representatives call out Oscar Arias demanding that
he expose to the public his personal ties with Mr. Saláh (the supposed owner of
El Morro hill) and with other "investors" like the Marshalls, Facio,
Masís, Fostroy, Harraga, and we hope that this time he dosen't loose his voice
and jet set off in the first available plane.
are not only threatened in the open ocean, but they're also under attack in
Costa "Rica" from the "Peace with Nature". History should
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