COSTA RICA TRAVEL NEWS — Costa Rica is listed among the “The Worst Eco-Offenders on Earth Will Surprise You” prepared by Yahoo.
From overdevelopment and irresponsible resource management to poaching and pollution, here are 10 places that experts suggest could use a more eco-friendly tourism philosophy.
With respect to Costa Rica, Yahoo says:
Costa Rica is one of several destinations that appear on both our “World’s Best” and “Needs Improvement” lists. Though it was heralded as the first country to brand itself as a premier ecotourism destination, Ethical Traveler founder Jeff Greenwald suggests that Costa Rica is still lacking in important ways. “Corruption is still a big problem there,” he says, “and because of it, Costa Rica is now a hub for child prostitution. Worse, the government prosecutes eco-activists like Paul Watson from
Sea Shepherd, and criminal gangs [of poachers] murder sea turtle conservationists. Famous chef Gordon Ramsay was forced to flee the country after trying to report on illegal shark-finning.”
The Yahoo list:
- Chesapeake Bay, United States
- Costa Rica
- French Polynesia
- Indura, Honduras
- Mount Everest, Nepal
- Riviera Maya, Mexico
- Phuket, Thailand
- Venice, Italy
- Zanzibar, Tanzania