Costa Rica News – I am enjoying the fact that this is being brought further to light by Vice News. The destruction of the environment and wildlife in Costa Rica needs to be stopped and the Costa Rican government does not seem to want to do anything……. Let’s enjoy this series by Vice News and hopefully some of the smoke and mirrors and Costa Rica is using to promote their “green” image will be destroyed.
Since sea turtle conservation in Costa Rica began in the 1950s, conservationists and poachers have peacefully shared the beach. But the murder of the environmentalist Jairo Mora Sandoval in 2013 shocked the eco-friendly country and brought attention to a violent overlap between conservationism and drug trafficking in Costa Rica’s abundant national parks and untouched coastlines.
With five percent of the world’s biodiversity, the unique geography of Costa Rica is a hotspot for eco-tourism and conservation work. However, it is that same geography that makes the country so vulnerable to the violent drug trade that surrounds its borders. Costa Rica has become a major transshipment point for drug traffickers, with deadly consequences for those caught in the middle.
In part one of our three-part series, VICE News joins conservationists, poachers, and law enforcement in their struggle to maintain the unwritten law that governs egg gathering on the beach: finder’s keepers.
From Vice News