Environmental groups are protesting plans to build an international airport in Coast Rica, saying it poses dangers to the diverse ecosystems.
Plans for the airport, which would be located near the Osa Peninsula, have been shaky to say it best since they were first seriously considered in 2006.
Carolina Herrera of the Latin American Advocate at the Natural Resources Defense Council says construction and operation of the airport could severely harm the Térraba-Sierpe National Wetland, which it just 3miles from where the airport would sit, and the Osa region overall.
Osa is considered one of the most biologically diverse places remaining in the world, and though Coast Rican President Laura Chinchilla claims that the international airport is “of national importance” and supporters saying it would be a “green” airport, opponents point out that it takes just one mistake to ruin the area’s diverse ecosystem, and with “few rules, limited government resources and little planning or control could readily lead to the same negative effects seen in Guanacaste Province,” wrote the Center for Responsible Travel.
Opponents point to the expansion of the airport in Guanacaste and how it failed to reduce poverty and create jobs as anticipated.
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