GSA Deputy Director, Jason Chare, visited Costa Rica from 13-16 April 2007 to meet with members of the Costa Rica Olympic Committee and discuss future cooperative projects.
Head of the Costa Rica Olympic Committee Sport and Environment Commission, Edwin Suarez is also GSA Costa Rica Team Captain and he is active in promoting environmental awareness and action not just nationwide, but across Central America.
The commitment of the NOC to promoting an environmental agenda was clearly expressed by the Olympic Committee's Secretary General, Mr. Adrian Pearson Wilson and President, Mr. Jorge Nery Carvajal, and in very much in line with the countries stance on protecting its unparalleled biodiversity and promoting eco-tourism.
The park that surrounds the NOC office is being enriched with natural species and provides an calm oasis amidst a bussling San Jose.
The trip included an opportunity to experience white water rafting at the invitation of Mr. Rafael Gallo, President of the International Rafting Federation (http://www.intraftfed.com/) and President of Rios Tropicales, an eco-adventure white-water rafting company that organizes rafting trips across the country. (http://www.riostropicales.com/pages/home.html).
Costa Rica has 5 percent of the world's biodiversity and a visit to INBioparque-the National Institute of Biodiversity that promotes greater awareness of the value of biodiversity-provided a good opportunity to learn more about this ecologically spectacular and diverse country.