President Chinchilla of Costa Rica decides on an Inter Institutional Marine Commission to study Costa Rican marine conservation and management policy

by | Nov 23, 2011

Minister of Environment Rene Castro announced yesterday that the President had decided that the Marine Commission that was to review marine conservation and management policy was to be interinstitutional, and that she expected a final report to be submitted to her within 6 months.  Castro did the announcement in the Presidential House, during a meeting with the

National Environmental Council’s advisor and coordinator Ana Virginia Cajiao, international model Leonora Jiménez, and biologists Wagner Quirós, Andrés Jiménez, and Randall Arauz.

 

As Castro explained, the commission would have five members, him on behalf of the Ministry of Enviroment, Viceminister of Agriculture Xinia Chaves, Director of Coast Guard Carlos Alvarado, Ana Virginia Cajiao on behal of the Presidency, and a fifth member who will be chosen by the President, through a short list provided the model and the biologists.  The Commission is expected to be sworn in during the following weeks.

 

“We are satisfied with the President’s decision, as it guarantees more objectivity and impartiality,”, said Randall Arauz.  “We really the eventual establishment of marine policy that defends the public interest, because of which it wouldn’t be sound that industrial fishers participate, who at the same time are also directly responsible for the current degradation of marine resources,”, explained Arauz.


Por medio del Ministro de Ambiente René Castro, la Presidencia anunció el día de ayer que la Comisión Marina que investigará la institucionalidad marina del país será interinstitucional, y rendirá un informe final a la Presidencia en 6 meses.  El anuncio lo realizó el Ministro Castro en Casa Presidencial, durante una reunión celebrada con la asesora y coordinadora del Consejo Nacional Ambiental Lic. María Virginia Caijao, la modelo internacional Leonora Jiménez, y los biólogos Wagner Quirós, Andrés Jiménez, y Randall Arauz.

 

Según explicó Castro, la comisión estará conformada por él de parte del Ministerio de Ambiente,  la Viceministra de Agricultura Xinia Chaves, el Director General del Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas Carlos Alvarado, y María Virginia Cajiao por parte de Casa Presidencia.  Además, un quinto lugar será ocupado por un biólogo o científico marino, que será escogido por la Presidenta a partir de una terna presentada por la modelo y los biólogos. Se espera juramentar la Comisión en las próximas semanas.

 

“Estamos satisfechos por la decisión de la Presidenta, pues se garantiza mayor objetividad e imparcialidad,”, dijo Randall Arauz.  “Es necesario que se establezca eventualmente una política de conservación y manejo marina que defienda el interés público, por lo cual no sería sano que participen empresarios industriales responsables a su vez de la degradación actual de los recursos marinos,” explicó Arauz.