The Spanish hotel complex RIU promotes the protection of wildlife in the province of Guanacaste, in the North Pacific of Costa Rica, with the creation of a refuge.
RIU works on the development of two environmental projects, one of which is certification as a carbon neutral company, and the creation and management of the RIU Wildlife Refuge, which aims to protect flora and fauna.
The refuge occupies 199.7 hectares of the total of the 252 of the property, which represents 73.3 percent of the land of the company, which is also integrated into the Chorotega Biological Corridor.
"The majority of the part of the farm was donated as a refuge and we take care of maintaining it to control forest fires and illegal hunting," the head of gardening at RIU, Vinicio Ulloa, told Efe.
He indicated that in the place you can see the white-tailed deer, the congos (howler monkeys), the white-faced monkeys, and several species of birds and timber trees native to the area.
The land has more than 140 species of plants, some in danger of extinction such as Cristobal, Mahogany and Black Laurel, as well as other threatened species such as cocobolo, orchids and white-crowned parrots.
"We have managed to spend four years without fires, almost every year a part of us was burned, there is currently a brigade of foresters in the hotel and we are trained in case of any kind of fire," said Ulloa, who is 10 years old. to work on the site.
In total there are 32 people who are dedicated to the gardening of the hotel, all of them trained to cut the fire in case there is some kind of emergency.
According to the environmental consultant, Allan Astorga, who was in charge of coordinating the Matapalo Beach Regulated Plan, where the hotel complex is located, it is important to promote an adequate ordering of the development of tourist and real estate activities in the area.
In addition, it is necessary to choose the areas of least environmental fragility, such as the coasts, for the development of tourist activities, and leave the areas of greater fragility such as hills, mountains and forests to promote conservation activities.
The RIU Guanacaste hotel has the Tourism Sustainability Certificate since 2016, and the administration expects the results of the audit for the renewal and obtain an authentication for the RIU Palace hotel, both in the province of Guanacaste (North Pacific).
Costa Rica, with an area of 51,100 square kilometers, has 26 percent of its territory under protection, which has made it a pioneer in conserving the natural resources it houses.
The Central American country, which hosts 4.7 percent of the planet's biodiversity, has a total of 169 Protected Wildlife Areas, which are distributed in national parks, biological reserves, absolute natural and forest, wetlands, wildlife refuges, Protective areas and other categories.