Costa Rica

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Country Initiatives Details

Development and Implementation of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) in the Housing sector

Canada’s Total Contribution: $3,500,000

Targeted Countries: Costa Rica Mexico Peru

Funding Period: 2011/2012, 2012/2013

Delivery Partner(s):

Description

Canada provided technical advice to countries to help them flesh out implementable mitigation actions in the Housing sector in Costa Rica, Mexico, and Peru.

Results/Expected Outcomes

Canadian support to this project lead to the development of a Low Carbon Housing Roadmap in each country designed to identify opportunities for action to realize emissions-savings and associated co-benefits from scale development of highly energy-efficient residential housing. Roadmaps were supported by capacity building activities, research studies, monitored pilot projects and by regional workshops including a co-benefits workshop and a financial forum.

Adapting community-based water supply in Central America to a changing climate

Canada’s Total Contribution: $1,480,000

Targeted Countries: Costa Rica Guatemala Nicaragua

Funding Period: 2011/2012

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Description

This contribution is part of Canada's $20 million fast-start contribution to the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) to support climate change adaptation projects in the water sector in Asia and in Latin America and the Caribbean. The project studied the effects of climate change on water availability in Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica, and will investigate how community-based organizations could adapt their practices to maximize water security for rural and peri-urban residents.

Results/Expected Outcomes

With support from Canada’s contribution, the project is assessing how water suppliers can adapt their practices to safeguard water given the uncertainty about future water availability. Case analysis from Costa Rica is being used to assess appropriate adaptation options. The team is conducting a survey of households and water providers from Guatemala, Costa Rica and Nicaragua, with a focus on assessing the costs and benefits of different adaptation measures. Research results are expected to improve decision-making and better guide private and public investments in adaptation measures, to secure water supply for rural and peri-urban residents.

Biodiversity Restoration and Community Development

Canada’s Total Contribution: $240,000

Targeted Countries: Costa Rica Dominican Republic Honduras

Funding Period: 2009/2010, 2010/2011, 2011/2012

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Description

Canada provided support to this initiative which helps communities restore degraded forests while simultaneously addressing livelihood issues of local landowners in tropical areas with high levels of rural property.

Results/Expected Outcomes

Expected project activities include the training of professionals and community partners located in three model forests to apply analogue forestry techniques using traditional knowledge as a basis.

Ticofrut Biomass Cogeneration Plant

Canada’s Total Contribution: $2,400,000

Targeted Countries: Costa Rica

Funding Period: 2011/2012

Delivery Partner(s):

Description

The Canadian Climate Fund for the Private Sector in the Americas (C2F) at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) provided support for the first mixed feedstock cogeneration plant (producing both power and heat) in Costa Rica. The project aims to support Ticofrut, a Costa Rican citrus company that primarily produces orange and pineapple juice, in building an on-site 4 megawatts electrical (MWe) agricultural waste fired cogeneration plant. The main objectives of the project are to reduce energy costs and fossil fuel consumption by shifting away from petroleum driven bunker fuel. The plant will utilize renewable waste biomass to efficiently generate heat and power for the company’s processing plant. The principal fuel source for the new plant is Ticofrut’s own orange groves, with the remainder of the fuel requirement coming from externally sourced agricultural and forestry waste. As a result, no land use change will be associated with the plant.

Results/Expected Outcomes

The expected intermediate outcomes of this project include a total fuel savings of 7,900 tons each year as well as 23,000 megawatt hours (MWh) each year of electricity generated from renewable sources. The project will also result in the abatement of an estimated 30,800 tons of CO2 each year.
Co-Financing/Mobilized Finance (CAD$): $8,400,000
Estimated GHG (metric tons of CO₂) Reduction Associated with Project (per year)Disclaimer *: 30,800
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