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Costa Rica’s Biodiversity Delights Egypt with CRUSA’s Support

Can you imagine pedaling a stationary bike in Egypt to see the tropical rainforest, biological corridors and variety of fauna in Costa Rica? This is the unique virtual reality experience of visitors to Costa Rica’s stand at the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP14) in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, during November 17-28, 2018.

The stand seeks to demonstrate the importance of Costa Rica’s biological diversity as an economic driver involving the state, the private sector, international cooperation and civil society in preserving resources through the use of multi-stakeholder conservation strategies.

The simulator (see video below) was developed by the Ministry of the Environment and Energy (MINAE) with the help of CRUSA, GIZ (German Agency for International Cooperation), Asociación Costa Rica por Siempre (ACRXS), Asociación ProParques and the National Parks Foundation.

The stand’s virtual reality world is created by using a kind of binoculars powered by a bicycle which, when pedaled by users, shows the tropical rainforest as they go through the La Tigra Forest, the Talamanca-Caribbean Biological Corridor and the Hitoy Cerere Biological Reserve, along with other landscapes with cacao, hemp and banana plantations.

This virtual tour is guided by a narrator who provides information and detailed specifics of the different scenarios as well as the species that are seen and heard along the way: scarlet macaws, tapirs and snakes, a sample of the fauna that has been protected thanks to multisectoral efforts such as the ones led by the organizations involved in the preparation of this stand.

“The organizations that helped devise this stand believe that the country’s biodiversity is a driver of Costa Rica’s transformation through the green and blue economy. COP14 participants can learn information about the reforestation, monitoring and sustainability efforts led by our country,” noted Zdenka Piskulich, executive director of Asociación Costa Rica por Siempre.

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), an international treaty dedicated to promoting measures that lead to a sustainable future, has been ratified by 196 countries. Every two years, the signatory nations meet in the Conference of the Parties (COP) to analyze progress, set priorities and targets and adopt work plans.