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Galapagos Coco Expedition This Video Shows You Impressive Images of the Galapagos Coco Expedition (Ecuador-Costa Rica)

Photo by Andy Mann / Waitt Foundation Facebook The expedition between Galapagos Island National Park in Ecuador and Coco Island National Park in Costa Rica took place April 2 through April 13 with the purpose of identifying marine migratory species that use this route and to quantify their distribution, abundance and diversity of their predators. The expedition was possible thanks to the joi...

Costa Rica Ecuador Coco Galapagos Costa Rica and Ecuador Sign Agreement to Strengthen Conservation Efforts in Isla del Coco and Galapagos

Costa Rica and Ecuador signed an agreement of cooperation for the conservation of the marine species and birds that will allow the strengthening of the conservation actions, control and protection of the ecosystems in the national parks Coco Island and Galapagos Island respectively. “The agreement Frame of Cooperation between the Direction of the National Park Galapagos in Ecuador and the Natio...

Costa Rica Cocaine Another Boat Stopped in Costa Rican Waters Carrying Almost a Ton of Cocaine

Coordinated operations by the Costa Rica Coast Guard Service, the Aerial Surveillance Service and the Drug Control Police resulted in another hit to drug traffickers in waters of the South Pacific. A Costa Rican fishing boat was stopped carrying an important load of cocaine, an amount not yet quantified but estimated in close to one ton; the packets were hidden under a lot of ice in the storag...

Foreign Investors Plan More Residential Towers Near San José, Costa Rica’s La Sabana Park

The developer company, of Ecuadorian origin, chose Costa Rica thanks to its good economic reputation in Central America and because it is home to important multinational companies worldwide, which generates greater market confidence. With an investment of US $ 45 million and the direct and indirect contracting of 200 people, the Furoinani Obras y Proyectos (FOP) real estate group starts operati...

Man Detained With 6 Ecuadorians in Hills Along Costa Rica-Panama Border

Costa Rican border police agents detained a suspected human trafficker, in Spanish what's known as a "coyote," with six Ecuadorians in the mountains near the Panama border yesterday. The area of southern Puntarenas province where the man was leading the six undocumented migrants  is called ​​Guaycará de Golfito. The Costa Rican man, Agüero, knew of a route over the border that circumvented p...

Shark Sanctuary Costa Rica Costa Rican Environmentalists Cheer Ecuador’s Charges Against Shark Fishers

A ruling Monday on the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador charged 20 ship crew members with steep fines and prison time for fishing in protected waters, said a report on 88.5 WFDD, Public Radio for the Piedmont in North Carolina, U.S. The ruling comes at a moment when Costa Rican conservationists are seeking global support to prohibit the exportation of a stockpile of tons of hammerhead shark fin...

Costa Rica Ocean Conservation Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia and Ecuador Join Efforts Towards Ocean Protection

The First Encounter of World Marine Heritage Sites of the East Pacific took place from Wednesday to Friday this week in the Guanacaste Conservation Area in Costa Rica. Representatives from the different Marine World Heritage Sites gathered in the country in the event organized by the Pacifico Foundation, the Ministry of Environment and Energy and the UNESCO field office in Costa Rica in respons...

Costa Rica-Panama March Brings Awareness to Human Trafficking

Costa Ricans and Panamanians marched Friday along their shared border to bring awareness to the problem of human trafficking, reported the Spanish news agency EFE. The event came on the heels of the arrest of a Dominican man in Paso Canoas for alleged drug and human trafficking. He is accused of trafficking three Ecuadorian migrants who appear to have paid him to take them to the U.S. The fi...

Hawksbill Sea Turtle Costa Rica Costa Rican Nonprofit Spearheads Open-Sea Conservation Treaty

By Wendy Anders Representatives from nine South American countries met this month to discuss the conservation of marine biodiversity in the open ocean, said the Costa Rican non-profit marine conservation group MarViva Foundation. Almost half the planet is covered by the high, or open seas, the waters found beyond countries’ territorial limits. Despite their abundance, these vast areas hav...

Seven Trafficked Ecuadorians Rescued in Quepos, Costa Rica

Updated with more details on December 21, 206 By Wendy Anders FILE/ARCHIVE image for illustrative purposes only. (MSP) Yesterday police rescued two women and one man from Ecuador in Quepos near Manuel Antonio National Park on Costa Rica’s central Pacific coast. They three  appear to be victims of human trafficking. The three Ecuadorians, who were being driven in a Chevrolet car near L...

illegal gold mine Ecuador Signs Contract with Canadian Firm to Mine Gold in Amazon

Quito, Dec. 14 — The Ecuadorian government on Wednesday signed a contract with Canada's Lundin Gold company to exploit a gold and silver deposit in the southeastern Amazon province of Zamora Chinchipe. Mining Minister Javier Cordova signed the deal to extract the precious metals as part of the Fruta del Norte project in the Yantzatza region. With an investment of $1 billion, the Canadian fir...

How an Ecuadorian Peasant Became the World’s Best Chocolatier

Barcelona (Spain), Dec. 11 — Santiago Peralta went from being an Ecuadorean peasant, raising cows and selling guinea pigs as a child, to being ranked the Best Chocolatier in the World by the Fine Chocolate Industries Association (FCIA). "Thank God I've never been to any chocolate school," says the founder of the family company Pacari, to EFE in Barcelona, who boasts growing the first organic co...

New Hydro Dam Symbolizes Ecuador’s Burgeoning Ties With China

Quito, Nov. 18 — Visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping joined Ecuador's Rafael Correa on Friday for the inauguration of the Andean nation's largest hydroelectric dam, largely financed through a loan from China's Export-Import Bank. Ecuadorian and Chinese Presidents meet, source Facebook. A day after proclaiming a "comprehensive strategic association" between their two nations, the president...

Chinese President Tours South America To Boost Economic Ties

Beijing, Nov. 10 — China hopes to take its economic relations with Latin America to a new level as its president is set to begin an official tour of Ecuador, Peru and Chile. Chinese President Xi Jinping, source Facebook. During his tour, between Nov. 17 and 23, Xi Jinping will meet with presidents of the three countries and sign two separate sets of cooperation agreements, including econo...

Ecuador Promotes Vegetable Ivory in China

Buttons made from tagua, and then dyed, Facebook. Shanghai, China, Oct. 12 – Tagua, the nut from a subtropical tree, also known as vegetable ivory because of its white color and hardness, is being promoted by trade body Pro Ecuador in collaboration with Hong Kong firm Yee Fung Hong in Shanghai this week. Tagua, also known as corozo, is increasingly used in the fashion world to substitute pl...

fer-de-lance snake Costa Rica How One Ecuatorian Serpentarium is Saving Lives

Quito, Ecuador A quick response can save your life if you are bitten by a poisonous snake. But in some remote areas of Ecuador people are 6 - 7 hours away from medical care, and that wait for snakebite victims is often fatal. In this tropical, Andean country, which imports snake anti-venom from Costa Rica and Colombia, an estimated 9,000 - 10,000 people are bitten by snakes per year, and...

Volunteers Care For Lost, Abandoned and Dead Pets in Ecuador

Flickr Commons Quito, Jul 19 (EFE).- Volunteers are working to help animals, the silent victims of natural disasters, in the aftermath of the magnitude-7.8 earthquake that killed 413 people and injured more than 2,000 others in Ecuador. Lost and abandoned dogs wander the streets of the Pacific coastal areas shattered by Saturday's earthquake, with some pets sleeping in the rubble of their f...

New earthquake, magnitude 6.2, strikes Ecuador

(Screen Shot / USGS) By Ana Isabel Martinez and Julia Symmes Cobb PEDERNALES, Ecuador (Reuters) - A magnitude 6.2 earthquake shook Ecuador's coast early on Wednesday, terrifying locals and impeding rescuers after a bigger weekend quake battered the same area and killed nearly 500 people. The latest earthquake hit 25 km (15 miles) off Muisne on the northwest Pacific coast at a depth of 15...

Two Canadian Expats Among the Victims of Ecuador Earthquake

Rescue team members wait outside a clinic that was evacuated after tremors were felt resulting from an earthquake in Ecuador, in Cali, Colombia, April 16, 2016. REUTERS/Jaime Saldarriaga The death toll of the powerful earthquake that devastated Ecuador and prompted Pacific tsunami alerts all the way north to Costa Rica has surpassed the 300 mark, and it includes a mother and son from Canada. ...

People stand next to the debris of a building after an earthquake struck off the Pacific coast, in Manta, Ecuador, April 16, 2016. REUTERS/Paul Ochoa Death toll in major Ecuador earthquake triples to at least 233

(VOA) The death toll from a powerful earthquake in Ecuador surged to 233 on Sunday, as daylight aided rescue and recovery efforts from the overnight devastation. The latest figures from the office of President Rafael Correa more than triple earlier estimates. Hundreds more people were injured when the the shallow 7.8-magnitude quake struck late Saturday along the South American country's...

Massive 7.8 earthquake kills at least 77 in Ecuador; rescue efforts underway

By Yuri Garcia GUAYAQUIL, Ecuador (Reuters) - Ecuador launched rescue operations on Sunday after its biggest earthquake in decades killed at least 77 people, caused devastation in coastal populations, and left an unknown number trapped in ruins. The 7.8 magnitude quake struck off Ecuador's Pacific coast on Saturday night and was felt around the Andean nation of 16 million people, causing...

Galapagos Iguana Smuggler Sentenced to Two Years in Prison

Quito, Feb 14 (EFE).- A Mexican man who tried to smuggle 11 iguanas out of Ecuador's Galapagos Islands has been sentenced by a judge to serve two years in prison and pay a fine of $20,000, Galapagos National Park said in a Twitter post Sunday. Gustavo Eduardo Toledo Albarran was arrested last year when he tried to smuggle the marine and land iguanas out of Santa Cruz Island. "The judge from ...

Chevron Held Not Accountable for Massive Pollution in Ecuador

Wikimedia Commons Washington, Jan 23 (EFE).- Chevron Corp. hailed a District Court of The Hague ruling in favor of the U.S. energy supermajor in its legal battle with Ecuador, which had sought to nullify arbitral rulings handed down against the country in connection with a multi-billion-dollar pollution judgment. "Today's decision reinforces the integrity of the arbitral proceedings and ens...

WikiLeaks Founder to be Questioned by Sweden About Rape Charges

Wikimedia Commons Quito, Dec 11 (EFE).- Ecuador and Sweden have signed an agreement that will enable Swedish prosecutors to question WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at Ecuador's embassy in London, the Andean nation said Friday. Negotiations began in June and the agreement was reached on Thursday, Ecuador's Foreign Ministry said in a statement, adding that it will enter into force "in the c...