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Greening the Economy: The Costa Rica Example


The challenge of economic development has always been the balancing act between growth and the protection of healthy ecosystems. Governments and cities around the world have been trying to find the right formula, some more successful than others, to mitigate the cost to the environment while promoting economic growth.

As the former Minister of Environment and Energy, Carlos Manuel will address the trade off and decision making in environmental protection and energy consumption from an institutional point of view. The Costa Rican government achieves great progress in protecting their natural capital by integrating natural resource management with government development investment.

This small nation demonstrates itself as a world leader in climate change by getting ahead of their plan in becoming the first carbon neutral country in the world and being 100% energy renewable.

Costa Rica leads the world in green economies through innovative financing of ecosystem conservation and energy saving policies. Carlos Manuel pioneered Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) to secure the livelihood of communities by creating jobs in environmental protection.

Where can we draw parallel between the development of Costa Rica and Southeast Asian countries? What can Asia learn from the political leadership of Costa Rica to strike a balance between development and conservation in order to create a truly sustainable future?

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Carlos Manuel Rodriquez Vice President for Conservation Policy, Conservation Internationa

Thursday, 28 October 2010
12.15 p.m. - 1.30 p.m.

Seminar Room 3-5
Level 3, Manasseh Meyer
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
469C Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 259772

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