March 2, 2023

Costa Rica’s trailblazing approach to reaching net zero by 2050


The country, which boasts 6.5% of the world’s biodiversity and 3.5% of its marine life, is showcasing its sustainability efforts and top attractions at ITB Berlin 2023.

Costa Rica is improving the way its natural and social resources are used while promoting active participation from local communities and supporting competitiveness within the entrepreneurial sector.

One of the key sustainability drivers is through the National Forestry Financing fund and non-profit organisation FONAFIFO which allows anyone to offset their carbon footprint by using its calculator tool, whether they are traveling to Costa Rica or another country. Once a compensation payment has been made, the person receives a digital certificate and the money is invested in the Program of Payments for Environmental Services.

Costa Rica’s sustainability efforts have been widely recognised by the international community. The country received a 2019 Champions of the Earth award, the United Nation’s highest environmental honour, for its role in combating climate change.

The destination has also been recognised by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) for its continuous efforts in developing and strengthening sustainable tourism. In particular, for the Certificate for Sustainable Tourism (CST), a tool which provides tourism companies with a framework to mitigate their environmental impact. Launched by the Costa Rica Tourism Board in 1997, the certification has also been backed by the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).

Costa Rica's trailblazing approach to reaching net zero by 2050
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This has increased the international credibility of the CST standard, which is aligned with universal criteria for sustainable management, social and economic benefits for the local community, preservation of cultural heritage and reduction of pollution.

Carolina Trejos, Costa Rica Tourism Board marketing director, comments: “We promote sustainable, innovative and inclusive tourism, promoting unique and high-value experiences for tourists to improve the well-being of the country’s inhabitants.”

Hall 22 / Stand 201

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