Archive (2003): Multi-national efforts to protect migratory species in the Eastern Tropical Pacific

The following article from 2003 from La Nacion discusses foreign support in expanding protections for the Eastern Tropical Pacific and the routes of migratory species, an issue that is still actively being discussed and re-advanced by environmental organizations in 2021.

Prince of Monaco interested in environmental cooperation and tourism

December 4, 2003

San José, Dec 3 (ACAN-EFE) .- Prince Albert of Monaco today expressed his country’s interest in establishing future cooperation agreements with Costa Rica in the field of environmental conservation, tourism and the fight against money laundering.

The announcement was made by the prince during a press conference that ended his official visit to the Central American country, in which he signed a declaration of intent with Foreign Minister Roberto Tovar.

“It has been a pleasure to visit Costa Rica and witness this founding moment in relations between the two countries,” he said.

Alberto de Mónaco added that this visit laid the foundations for a “fruitful cooperation” in tourism, environmental protection and the fight against money laundering.

“The future development of these relationships for mutual benefit only depends on us and I am sure that we will do it,” he concluded.

The president of Costa Rica, Abel Pacheco, assured that the benefits of the royal visit were multi-fold for the country, and that Prince Albert was very interested in cooperating economically with the creation of a marine biological corridor between the Galapagos Islands and Coco Island in the Pacific.

The prince will remain in Costa Rica until next Sunday, but will carry out private activities. ACAN-EFE

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