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99 percent of Costa Rica's electricity came from renewable sources

Staff Writer |
In the first half of 2017, Costa Rica has reached a new record in clean energy production and received their latest Biosphere Reserve declaration by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) solidifying their commitment to sustainability.

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During the first six months of the year, 99 percent of Costa Rica's electricity came from renewable sources, according to data from the National Energy Control Center (CENCE).

In the last 30 years, renewable sources such as wind, geothermal, solar and hydroelectric have been responsible for production of nearly 93 percent of Costa Rica's energy, but this July they broke their own record.

With a goal to be the first carbon neutral country in the world by 2021, sustainable practices can be observed in every region of the country, across all industries, adopted by all citizens and embraced by visitors.

With almost all of its energy being produced by renewable resources, it's clear that sustainability is embedded deeply in the culture and traditions of Costa Rica.

Another win for sustainability was earned in June, when UNESCO declared Savegre River, located in the Zona de los Santos (Zone of the Saints), a Biosphere Reserve.

Biosphere reserves are specially designated areas for sustainable development that reconcile the conservation of biodiversity with the proper use of natural resources.

As stated on the UNESCO website: Biosphere reserves are 'Science for Sustainability support sites' – special places for testing interdisciplinary approaches to understanding and managing changes and interactions between social and ecological systems, including conflict prevention and management of biodiversity.

Costa Ricaalready has four reserves, but this is the first with coastal marine components, as it includes the marine part of the Manuel Antonio National Park, in Quepos.

The small nation holds five percent of the world's known biodiversity, 3.5 percent of all marine life and 30 percent of the country's territory is protected natural land.

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