Proposed Costa Rica Dry Canal Opposed by Guanacaste Conservation Area Officials
The Guanacaste Conservation Area includes 163,000 hectares of protected wildlife areas, it includes four of the five main tropic ecosystems: marine, dry forest, cloud forest and rain forest; home to 335,000 land species which represents 2.6% of the world’s biodiversity (more than the land species that exist in the northern Mexico, the USA and Canada combined); it was declared Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 1999. Officials of the GCA published a statement on their website recently stating that no one had been consulted on a proposed Pacific mega-port and the dry canal project here in Costa Rica.
The CANSEC company has proposed this project to the National Concessions Council of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, outlining plans to build a “mega port” in Bahia Santa Elena, La Cruz, Guanacaste, on Costa Rica’s northern Pacific coast.
The Santa Elena Bay is within The Guanacaste Conservation Area, which includes the National Parks , Rincón de la Vieja, Santa Rosa and the Bahía Junquillal National Wildlife Refuge.
The dry canal project outlines the construction of roads, a port, an airport, sheds, hotels, and other infrastructure on lands that are part of the Santa Rosa National Park (specifically, the area of Murciélago).
Over the last three years, The Guanacaste Conservation Area officials have been working to grant Santa Elena Bay, the status of “marine management area.” As this bay has been determined to be a sight of important conservation.
The GCA has officially rejected the proposal by CANSEC CO. stating; if built as proposed the project of the dry canal infrastructure would destroy large areas of this natural heritage site.