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Security & Strategic Review - January 2021

COSTA RICA: Claiming success in reducing greenhouse gas emissions

Central America’s vulnerability to climate change made headlines recently in the wake of damage wreaked by hurricanes Iota and Eta [SSR-20-12], which made landfall late last year. However, in November the Costa Rican government led by President Carlos Alvarado was able to claim some progress with regard to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions: it became the first Central American country to receive non-reimbursable funds from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) - a fund established within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) - for its successful results in climate matters.

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