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La legislación forestal en Costa Rica y otras disposiciones legales: una evaluación del esfuerzo pasado Simposio Internacional sobre las Ciencias Forestales y su Contribución al Desarrollo de la América Tropical

by (ed.); MADRIZ V, A; Chavarría, M; Simposio Internacional sobre las Ciencias Forestales y su Contribución al Desarrollo de la América Tropical, San José (Costa Rica), 11-17 Oct 1979.
Publisher: San José (Costa Rica), 1981 Description: p.13-23.Subject(s): LEGISLACION | POLITICAS | PROTECCION FORESTAL | COSTA RICA | LEGISLATION | POLICIES | FOREST PROTECTION | COSTA RICA | LEGISLATION | POLITIQUE | PROTECTION DE LA FORET | COSTA RICASummary: In Costa Rica, as in the rest of tropical America, the rapid population increase has intensified the pressure on farm lands and forests. As a consequence, laws to stem land abuse and the complete destruction of the primeval forests became increasingly urgent. Up to the middle of the nineteenth century, legislation was nominal; in 1848, the first steps were taken to protect the forests. However, it wasn't until the last decades of the 1800s that serious thought was given to the conservation of forest resources. At the beginning of the twentieth century conservation laws became stricter; during the early 1950s the first government agency in charge of forestry resources was established, but due to lack of funds and adequately trained personnel, very little was accomplished. At this same time, several new lumber industries were established and the first forest reservations created. On November 25, 1969, forestry law No. 4465 was passed with the Dirección General Forestal as the executive agency in charge of forest resources. This new legislation automatically invalidates all previous rulings on forestry resources. Although it is too early to evalatue the impact of these new statues, they suggest a definite improvement in the prevailing conditions
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In Costa Rica, as in the rest of tropical America, the rapid population increase has intensified the pressure on farm lands and forests. As a consequence, laws to stem land abuse and the complete destruction of the primeval forests became increasingly urgent. Up to the middle of the nineteenth century, legislation was nominal; in 1848, the first steps were taken to protect the forests. However, it wasn't until the last decades of the 1800s that serious thought was given to the conservation of forest resources. At the beginning of the twentieth century conservation laws became stricter; during the early 1950s the first government agency in charge of forestry resources was established, but due to lack of funds and adequately trained personnel, very little was accomplished. At this same time, several new lumber industries were established and the first forest reservations created. On November 25, 1969, forestry law No. 4465 was passed with the Dirección General Forestal as the executive agency in charge of forest resources. This new legislation automatically invalidates all previous rulings on forestry resources. Although it is too early to evalatue the impact of these new statues, they suggest a definite improvement in the prevailing conditions

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