From February 15-16, 2023, the Secretariat for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean of ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability hosted the first National Dialogue for Costa Rica. Focusing on the activities of the Transitioning to a Green Urban Economy (TEVU) project within the framework of the UrbanShift program, the event brought together over 100 representatives from national ministries and institutions, along with local leaders, to learn about progress on specific initiatives and engage in collaborative discussions.
Over the course of the event, participants presented on initiatives that are shifting Costa Rica toward a more sustainable, green economy, and invited suggestions for how to scale this work. Carlos Isaac Pérez, Vice Minister of Strategic Growth at the Costa Rican Ministry of Environment and Energy, raised that cities need to be investing in nature-based solutions at the urban periphery to help combat greenhouse gas emission, and Felicia Rodríguez González of the Plantae Seed Project shared how the San Luis Natural Farm in San Luis Grecia is regenerating local biodiversity and providing residents with fresh, local produce. Participants also learned Desamparados’ growing focus on waste management and Belén’s efforts to control excess rainwater.
Through these dialogues, representatives from across sectors and levels of government learn firsthand what initiatives are unfolding to make the country more sustainable, and how they can come together to support and scale successful projects–and develop new concepts. The second dialogue, a follow-up to this, is planned for 2024.
Costa Rica City Academy
The second UrbanShift City Academy in Latin America brought together participants from 30 cities for trainings on nature-based solutions and integrated climate action planning.
How Costa Rica’s capital is reimagining our urban future
We sat down with the Mayor of San José, Johnny Araya Monge, to discuss some of the city’s present challenges and how integrated planning is being put to work to make San José a greener and more inclusive place to live.
In Costa Rica, A Scalable Pilot is Trapping and Repurposing Plastic Waste Before it Reaches the Ocean
An innovative partnership is advancing a simple and effective solution to clearing plastic waste from waterways and turning it into a key element of a circular economy.
San Jose, Costa Rica: Mixed ownership companies for sustainable development
Model: Public-Private Partnerships