Tourism Impact and Sustainability in Costa Rica


Costa Rica News – The tourism sector generates high environmental impacts, and Costa Rica is taking steps to reduce this impact without negatively affecting the tourist trade.

Two examples are the water footprint and carbon footprint. According to data released by the Center for Responsible Travel (CREST), a tourist used 84 to 2.000 liters of water per day, depending on the stay, the hotel’s services and the type and amount of food consumed, among other factors.

Globally, 32,000+ golf courses in the world that require 9.5 billion liters of water per day to irrigate landscaping. A golf course in Spain, for example, uses as much water as a town of 12,000 people, while 17 terrestrial and coastal destinations in the Caribbean and Mediterranean regions, the demand for water exceeds the available supply.

Tourism also accounts for 5% of global C02 emissions , which are generated by the use of non-renewable energy sources, land, sea and air transport and waste generation, among others.

There are tourist developments that instead of adapting to climate change destroy natural barriers against storms and hurricanes, such as coastal wetlands and Costa Rica in the past, are no exception.

Now, many of these impacts can be reduced even practical measures, organization and investments recover in a short time because of the savings that are achieved in the use of resources such as water and electricity.

Now that Costa Rica is promoting the country brand, what is important is to minimize the use of resources, prevent waste and impact on nature.

Costa Rica has positioned as the most sustainable environment on the planet as well as the leading Eco-tourist destination and must continues to work hard to maintain itself in this regard, according to the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT).

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