Green coffee

Everyone talks about climate change these days. Especially the Central American countries are hit by climate change: Droughts, heavy rain falls and the rising sea level threaten Costa Rica & Co. News from the COP21 conference:

Costa Rica not (yet) vulnerable enough?!

Six Central American states are now claiming a special position as “especially vulnerable region”. They want it signed in black and white at the end of the climate conference taking place in Paris at the moment. However, this status is reserved for the so-called Least Developed Countries (LDC) and some vulnerable Island nations.

Already a few years ago Costa Rica set itself an ambitious goal: Be the first nation to become CO2 neutral in 2021. This plan has been postponed to 2085. In any case, there are things going on in the matter of eco-friendly farming and renewable energies.

More weather catastrophes, less coffee

Picture of a coffee plantation at the Hacienda Villa Martha in the municipality of La Gloria, department of Risaralda, Colombia, taken on August 12, 2011. Colombia is recognized worldwide for its high quality coffee. AFP PHOTO/LUIS ACOSTA ---- MORE PICTURES IN IMAGE FORUM (Photo credit should read LUIS ACOSTA/AFP/Getty Images)

One of the most important Costa Rican export products is coffee; however, the yields have been going down because of the climate change. To give the coffee production a new boost and to contribute to climate protection, projects for ecological farming have been introduced since 2013.

On the climate conference taking place in Paris at the moment, Germany and the United Kingdom agreed on giving seven million Euros to the Costa Rican projects. This money should help around 6000 farms to produce eco-friendly coffee. The objective is to convert all the countries coffee farms into carbon neutral places. Unexploited areas are being reforested, coffee byproducts are used to produce energy and chemical fertilizers are avoided.

In Los Santos, not far from San José, there is the first carbon neutral coffee farm since 2011. Projects for sugar cane and cattle farms will be introduced; the latter is the country’s biggest agricultural polluter.

By the way, you can enjoy this local, organic coffee in the hotel Paraíso del Cocodrilo near Sámara.

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