Costa Rica: a biodiversity hotspot
Did you know that Costa Rica aims to achieve zero carbon emissions by 2050 and eliminate single-use plastics by 2021?
See how Costa Rica is leading the way in creating a sustainable future for all of its inhabitants in our Guardians of the Future exhibit. Find it on the Stage of Life as part of our summer programme: Earth Story.
Global leader in conservation
Costa Rica is one of the Guardians of the Future ‘heroes’ featured in our immersive new exhibition space this summer, in partnership with the Costa Rica Tourism Board.
Over the past 30 years it has acted as a pioneer in the protection and regeneration of its natural resources, and has demonstrated that it is possible to reverse ecological loss to the benefit of its people.
The protection of Costa Rica’s wildlife and diverse natural environment is at the heart of the country’s pioneering model for sustainable tourism.
More than 5000 miles away from the Eden Project lies a vibrant and lush country which looks after and protects 6.5% of the world’s biodiversity. Costa Rica is about five times smaller than the whole of the UK, and is leading the way in creating a sustainable future for its inhabitants and the world.
Its incredible landscape made up of volcanoes, national parks, cloud and rainforests and long stretches of beaches, plus its twin tropical climates of the Caribbean and Pacific, mean that it’s a popular destination for tourists and wildlife. Did you know that five million birds migrate to Costa Rica every year?
A huge 26% of all of Costa Rica is protected. And the people of Costa Rica (‘Ticos’) are working together to ensure that it stays that way. Visitors from around the world are invited to experience the amazing biodiversity in Costa Rica, and once they’ve seen the colourful toucan, or the happy sloths and even the cheeky capuchin monkey, they also understand the importance of protecting the fragile world around them.
Visit our Orchid Display in Rainforest Biome, created in partnership with the Costa Rica Tourism Board. It houses over 500 orchids in an array of colours, shapes and scents.
Earth Story during the summer holidays
This summer as part of our Earth Story programme at Eden, discover how Costa Rica is creating a sustainable future in the Guardians of the Future area on the Stage of Life.
- Explore how Costa Rica became a global leader in conservation, ecotourism, renewable energy use and pollution management.
- Follow their journey to becoming one of the most biodiverse countries on Earth with a strong economy that successfully balances the needs of industry, community and environment.
- Find out how policy, science and technology can make a difference to biodiversity and climate change.