Ecology and the
Environment in Talamanca
In the Talamanca region
of Limon province, Costa Rica, we face
many environmental challenges. Last year a great
victory was won for the cause of environmental protection
in Talamanca when the government of Costa Rica decided
to stop foreign oil expansion off the Caribbean
coastline. Local people had been lobbying for years
with the slogan "no petrolera" to stop
offshore oil drilling.
People in the Talamanca region
realize that it is important to preserve the cleanliness
of our beaches. Much of the local economy is supported
by ecotourism, for one thing, and for another, the
local people tend to be very environmentally conscious.
A number of local organizations exist to promote
rainforest conservation, including the Talamanca
Initiative and ADELA.
The Talamanca Mountains are home
to the Bribri tribe of indigenous people. They have
a large reserve set aside for their use by the government,
but it is constantly being encroached upon by squatters
and poachers. The Bribri people need all the help
they can get to protect what remains of their land.
Please do what you can to support indigenous people
and rainforest conservation, in the Talamanca region
and in your part of the world.