On March 15 in Washington, D.C., Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís addressed members of the U.S. Congressional International Conservation Caucus and ICCF business and NGO partners at an ICCF-hosted dinner honoring his conservation leadership.
Costa Rica has demonstrated a significant commitment to protecting its wealth of natural resources, successfully balancing its natural heritage while developing its economy. However, Costa Rica faces many conservation challenges in the forms of species protection, community commitment, and threats to biodiversity and habitat loss. President Solís spoke about Costa Rica’s commitment to good natural resource management, particularly of forests and fisheries, successfully balancing conservation with development, and challenges still facing the Central American nation, specifically water management. The President also expressed gratitude for the assistance and expertise of U.S. foreign assistance programs like USAID and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, as well as multilateral organizations like the Global Environment Facility, that continue to support conservation and development programs in Costa Rica.
Guests at the dinner included Members of the United States Congress, diplomats, private-sector stakeholders, and representatives of conservation organizations and U.S.-based foreign assistance programs. Special guests included H.E. Roman Macaya, the Ambassador of Costa Rica; U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica Fitzgerald Haney; and U.S. Congressional International Conservation Caucus Co-Chairs Representatives Henry Cuellar and Jeff Fortenberry; among others. Also represented were ICCF partner organizations including the Global Environment Facility, United Nations Environment Programme, USAID, Mars, Inc., Vulcan, 3M, Volkswagen, Rare, Shire, and Pelagic Data Systems.