18. Environmental management of the northern zone consolidation project in Costa Rica: strategies for sustainable development.
Publ. of Development Strategies for Fragile Lands (DESFIL), Washington, D.C. 20001, 624 9th Street, N.W., 1989, 138 pp. + annex
This paper highlights a field review and technical analysis of a project in the Northern Zone of Costa Rica.
The evaluation team addressed the following environmental management concerns:
- Support to land settlement and titling,
The project is expected to amplify the economic bases for the productive and sustainable development of the Northern Zone of Costa Rica through the following activities:
- Increasing non-traditional export-oriented crop production
In terms of population distribution and per capita income, the Northern Zone of Costa Rica represents one of the least developed regions in the country.
Ecologically, the Northern Zone includes a wide variety of life zones and biological communities. Using the Holdridge system of life zone classification, which integrates climatic, vegetative and other critical factors, at least seven distinct ecological zones can be identified in the project area.
The high rainfall, combined with a wide range of available habitats has encouraged a significant degree of biological diversity in this region, both in terms of plant and animal communities.
The activities for environmental management include measures to facilitate the following:
- Land-use planning and monitoring of environmental conditions
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Latin America, Bolivia, project evaluation, environmental assessment, environmental strategy, technical assistance, training, community participation, rural communications, natural resource management, pesticide pollution, USAID
EHRLICH, M. et al.
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