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Central America

Regional Edition Caribbean and Central America No. 3
Environmental sanitation in Costa Rica: a pending challenge

In Costa Rica, public sanitation authorities’ official data indicate that the population has good access to water supplies and sanitation systems. Still, NCCR North-South research conducted in urban and rural communities revealed pockets of poor service quality and bureaucratic obstacles to improved sanitation policies. Public-sector institutions have often failed to strengthen local solutions, and there is a lack of transparency in public–private relations when it comes to development and implementation of large-scale infrastructure projects. To improve the national sanitation strategy, this policy brief recommends that local communities and experts from universities be invited to collaborate and share information with public sanitation authorities.

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Regional Edition Caribbean and Central America No. 2
Recognising the rights of migrants to strengthen regional integration

In Central America, irregular migration between neighbouring countries has become a normal facet of life. Nevertheless, irregular migrants are exposed to severe human rights abuses. Although Central American countries share a history of regional integration and many institutions intended to support integration have been active since the 1960s, local governments rarely coordinate with one another concerning the protection of migrants and their rights. This edition of evidence for policy argues that acknowledging migrants’ contribution to Central American development and recognising their rights would strengthen Central American integration overall.

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Regional Edition Caribbean and Central America No. 1
Balancing coastal development, marine conservation, and people’s livelihoods

Environmental degradation and overexploitation of marine resources pose serious threats to Costa Rica’s coastal communities, especially those that depend on artisanal fishing. But in one community, a local cooperative has launched a policy initiative known as Marine Areas for Responsible Fishery. Its aim is to protect coastal resources by establishing responsible fishing regulations together with the main stakeholders. This Spanish-language policy brief describes the process and the challenges of creating responsible fishing areas, and recommends ways of supporting environmentally sensitive and socially inclusive policies.

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