Costa Rica Nominated for World Future Council Future Policy Award
The popular vacation destination of Costa Rica is well known for its biodiversity, green policies, sustainable building practices, wildlife preservation, rain forest preservation and ecotourism. Now Costa Rica can flaunt their government’s eco-friendly practices once again, as they have been nominated for the by the World Future Council international Future Policy Award. The international Future Policy conservation award recognizes lawmaking efforts that preserve and protect forests and establish better living conditions to be preserved for future generations in Costa Rica.
The Costa Rica law being nominated for this honor is the Forest Law (7575), a law established in 1996 that offers Costa Rica tax exemptions for landowners who preserve their existing forests or reforest their land. The World Future Council nominated 19 forest policies from a total of 16 different countries, including Brazil, Costa Rica, Gambia, Guatemala, India, Nepal, Ecuador, Norway, Switzerland and the United States of America for this conservation award.
Multiple international organizations submitted nominations for this Future Policy Award for conservation. Among those international organizations were: the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
The United Nations General Assembly annually chooses one issue of serious global significance for which a change in global policy is required. This year was named the International Year of Forests. Chosen by the General Assembly, this theme was selected to help raise awareness for topics such as forest conservation and sustainable management.
The hopeful goal of this conservation award, the international Future Policy Award, is to honor existing legislation that efficiently deals with the theme of forest conservation. The three winning conservation policies will be chosen in a ceremony in New York City in September of 2011. With Costa Rica’s excellent conservation and green policies, one can hope that the nominated Costa Rica law will be a forerunner amongst the other contenders for the World Future Council’s Future Policy Award.