President of Costa Rica Luis Guillermo Solís, declared Nov. 3 as the National Day of Biosphere Reserves in recognition to the determinant role that these territories have in the conservation of biodiversity and the use of natural resources.
The decree, signed in San Gerardo de Dota by the President and the Minister of Environment, Edgar Guttierrez, also includes clear dispositions that establish the organic structure for the management of these areas, which falls on families, productive sectors and environmental organizations, among other participating agents.
“The Biosphere Reserves have a crucial role in the generation of opportunities for the productive development, the biodiversity sustainability, water resources and the communities’ adaptability to climate change, and thus it is important that we organize our efforts and work towards improving their management through possible alliances between the different local sectors and international sectors”, commented President Luis Guillermo Solís.
These areas constitute an international category of conservation established by the UNESCO that considers people and community as a fundamental element for the sustainable development of a country.
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