Costa Rica

Costa Rica, situated between Nicaragua and Panama borders both the Caribbean Sea and the North Pacific Ocean. It has tropical and subtropical climate with a dry season (December to April) and a rainy season (May-November). The Coastal plains are separated by rugged mountains including over hundred volcanic cones, of which several are active.

Key Water Issues and Challenges

  • Frequent flooding of lowlands at onset of rainy season and landslides
  • Deforestation and land use change, largely a result of the clearing of land for cattle ranching and agriculture
  • Coastal marine pollution

Contact GWP Costa Rica

Regional Coordinator: Ms. Fabiola Tábora Merlo ftabora@gwpcentroamerica.org  

Communications: Ms. Margarita Figueroa gwpcam@gwpcentroamerica.org

More Information

AQUASTAT -FAO's Information System on Water and Agriculture http://www.fao.org/nr/water/aquastat/main/index.stm

UN-Water Statistics http://www.unwater.org/statistics_KWIP.html


Source: www.cia.gov; http://data.worldbank.org; www.unwater.org

Posted: 2012-07-23


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