Towards a circular economy in local governments of Costa Rica

The circular economy generates 1.1% of gross domestic product (GDP) worldwide, being an alternative to the linear economy. For this reason, in 2019, the Municipality of Turrialba in Costa Rica, the Institute for Municipal Development and Advisory Services (IFAM) and the Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE) signed a letter of understanding for the implementation of a project to have circular economies in local governments. This project will be financed by the Climate Technology Network (CTCN) and implemented through CATIE. The project aims to incorporate the circular economy approach into municipal planning frameworks, promote more sustainable consumption patterns, improve solid waste management and reduce total CO2 emissions in local governments, specifically in the city of Turrialba; thus contributing to the country’s goal of achieving more sustainable and carbon neutral development. With this initiative, CATIE maintains its commitment to continue working with municipalities and local partners to promote innovations in their economies and the transition towards sustainable production models in the framework of a green, circular and efficient economy. In this context, CATIE has an important role to play in generating knowledge and strengthening capacities at different levels.

Mr. Carlos Manuel Rodríguez, Minister of Environment and Energy of Costa Rica, said:

“This initiative represents an excellent opportunity to complement, from the local governments, what the country has been doing at the macro level in order to facilitate a transition to a circular economy. At the macro level this concept is positioned with decision makers and structures have been developed to facilitate its implementation. We must then start to close the gap with a bottom-up approach. This initiative will give a dose of political reality to the processes developed at the macro level. I also consider it very important that academia, international cooperation and local governments work in an alliance to strengthen the process by which we aspire to move towards a green-circular economy.”

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