Not many people in Costa Rica know that every 24th of August is the Day of National Parks where people celebrate the natural beauty of this small and peaceful Central American country. All of the parks as well as numerous protected areas celebrated this day with activities, games and learning workshops. Everywhere else around the country, school children took some time in the day to learn more about protecting the natural resource of Costa Rica.
For those who live or have visited Costa Rica, this should not come as a surprise since Costa Rica prides itself for being an eco-friendly country. In fact, one of its parks, Isla de Coco is an internationally recognized treasure, has even been declared a World Heritage site, included on the list of “Wetlands of International Importance” and was nominated on the list of 7 New Wonders of Nature back in 2007.
Every year, Correos de Costa Rica comes out with a national park stamp and this year, the featured park is the Parque Nacional Marino Las Baulas which is located on the Pacific coast and is known for its leatherback turtles that are often seeing in the park. This park is approximately 175km squares and more than half the park is underwater. Despite being protected, it does allow some recreational scuba diving to the joy of many tourists and scuba enthusiasts.
The National parks of Costa Rica are a very important to this country as not only a large source of revenue but also because they contain 5% of the world’s biodiversity! In addition, protected areas in Costa Rica makes u about 26% of Costa Rica’s total territory!
Costa Rica has a total of 28 National parks and each park has its own uniqueness. Over the past 26 years, these protected areas have contributed to over $2 billion dollars in revenue per year from people all over the world coming to Costa Rica to visit them.
Many people that have chosen to live in Costa Rica are often attracted into buying property in Costa Rica close to some of these national parks as they offer a commune with nature that is just not found anywhere else on the planet.
Keeping this in mind, it is no wonder that President Luis Guillermo Solis announced that park rangers and forest fire fighters would be receiving a 25% raise to compensate for all of the extra hours these dedicated worker have to put in every year to protect the environment. The increase in salary should take place in October of this year and the government also plans to invest $9.2 million to maintain its national parks and protected areas.