General Facts
Celebrities & Certifications

Franklin Chang Díaz
The first Costa Rican astronaut and one of the world’s most prominent scientists, Chang is a veteran of seven space flights, since 2005, he has been working on the development of a plasma engine.

“Franklin Chang is my hero, he’s brilliant. He is one of the world’s most recognized scientists in plasma research, “said Charles Bolden, head of NASA.

Oscar Arias Sanchez
Born in 1941, Arias is a former president of the republic (1986-1990 and 2006-2010). In 1987 he received the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of his dedication to achieving peace between the Central American countries.

Certification in Sustaibable Tourism Program
Costa Rica is a pioneer in implementing the Certification in Sustainable Tourism Program, a product of the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT). Its purpose is to differentiate tourism sector businesses based on the degree to which they comply with a sustainable model of natural, cultural and social resource management.

Ecologic Program Blue Flag
Recognizing the growing pollution problem at Costa Rica’s beautiful beaches, a number of government institutions came together to do something about it. Spearheaded by the Costa Rican Tourism Institute and the National Water and Sewer Service, the Blue Flag Ecological Program addresses the issues of beach garbage, as well as minimizing negative impacts that can arise as a result of tourism.

The initiative is geared to all coastal communities, and provides incentives to keep beaches safe and clean. Currently, 50 beaches boast blue flags.

Considered a leader in the conservation of biodiversity, the National Biodiversity Institute is a non-profit organization that promotes awareness of the value of biodiversity, preservation and sustainability. The institution has received national and international recognition for its important mission. The National Biodiversity Institute (INBio) was awarded the “Augusto González de Linares” environmental award from the University of Cantabria and the Ministry of Environment of the autonomous government.
“In a context of sustainable development, Costa Rica is ranked 9th out of 142 countries in the Environmental Sustainability Index.” (World Economic Forum, 2002).

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