Germany is prohibited from searching for ‘the treasure of Lima’ on Coco Island

Although in an article published in the newspaper El Pais (Spain) said that German researcher Ina Knobloch will undertake a 2013 expedition to find the “treasure of Lima” Isla del Coco, Costa Rican authorities say the ban placed over the subject since 1994 remains in force.

This was confirmed by both René Castro, Minister of Environment and Fernando Quirós, director of the Marine Conservation Area Cocos (ACMIC.

They take refuge in the first article of Executive Decree No. 23461-MIRENEM, published in the newspaper La Gaceta # 133 of July 13, 1994, which says: “Do not renew or grant any license or authorization to search Treasury legendary (sic) in the Cocos Island National Park. ”

According to Castro, who signed a decree in 1994, the “spirit” of this was to preserve the biodiversity of this national park preserves and, in 1997, would give the island a declaration of Unesco natural heritage of humanity.

“An exploration in search of treasures methods involve high impact, which could be detrimental to the natural patrimony we do not want that,” said Castro.

In fact, the research permit that had been granted to Knobloch to study biodiversity and geology of the island has expired and is pending renewal.

This was awarded for only six months, which remained in force from 20 January to 20 July this year. Thus was established in Resolution No. 2012-I-ACMIC-001 January 20, 2012.

“In fact, the permit is already expired,” he said Quiros, adding: “Now what we have to do is apply for a renewal and should review the complete file.

Castro called Knobloch as a researcher “serious” and “professional.” “We would ask that she explicitly said in front of her consulate or embassy, which means that the scavenger hunt is not possible,” said Castro.

The project on the Exploration at Cocos Island, presented by Knobloch, intended to carry out a scientific analysis of biodiversity and geoformación, an inventory of herpetofauna (reptiles), evidence of human visitation in different areas, identify geological features and archaeological exploration.

The researcher intended to use a methodology that included the use of a small unmanned vehicle to see the island from the air, and radar instruments, magnetometer and metal detector for soil analysis, a lightweight portable drills for archaeological analysis and minicamera.

In view of this request, the ACMIC resolved “can not be used as a means approved methodology for finding treasure within the Cocos Island National Park. Where metals are detected involving the presence of any treasure, investigation should be discontinued in the specific area and immediately inform the Government of Costa Rica.

It also established that “the licensee (who receives permission) research methodology applied under the permanent control officials Cocos Island National Park.”

“Always, to her was clarified that she could not find treasures,” said Quiros.