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Lots of folk's even locals keep asking me what's up with the lake Diquis project in southern Costa Rica. Let me tell you I have no idea why they ask me as though I was supposed to know something others don't bad as I may want to!  I myself hear and find different and at times conflicting articles such as these from the same source the same week.

 

 

On April 5 I get this report that a United Nations expert on the human rights of native peoples is coming to Costa Rica to observe and talk to residents in the vicinity of the Proyecto Hidroeléctrico El Diquís in the southwestern part of the country. Some S. James Anaya, is a professor of law at the University of Arizona in Tucson who carries the title of U.N. special reporter on the situation of human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous peoples.
The reason for Anaya's visit being that the project has been strongly opposed by some in the native communities of Térraba, the Boruca, Bribri, Cabécar and Guaymí Indians who live in the area and are hopeful to get a sympathetic hearing from Anaya, the grandson of illegal Mexican immigrants.

Three days later, the organization Asociación de Desarrollo de Térraba which says the government is going ahead with the plans for the largest hydro project in Central America illegally and without the consent of the native people and that the government put a spin on U.N. visit.

The Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y Culto said Anaya would only be an adviser. In fact, he is an independent observer with a long history of studying the conflicts of native peoples with governments.

The Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad is building the $2 billion project. The foreign ministry said that the goal of the visit is to develop a process of consultations with the native peoples, who will feel the impact of the project.
Meanwhile the central government has set up a high-level seminar for Saturday in Buenos Aires de Puntarenas near the dam site. The session is headed by Vice President Alfio Piva. The title is "Considering development in the southern zone of Costa Rica and the role of the Proyecto Hidroeléctrico El Diquís.”

The all-day session will include presentations by at least three ministers of government and a host of vice ministers.

I wanted badly to go to this seminar but when I received this report was on a Fri and as you can see this report didn't say which Saturday and so until I received an answer to my email from the Asamblea (congress) on Tues it was too late! You guessed it!

I have met with our congresswoman since and she has confirmed to me personally that the plans for the construction of Lake Diquis in Southern Costa Rica continue strong as ever.

Nat Yoder



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