For a small country with a population of just 5 million, Costa Rica has mighty big ideas. It plans to decarbonise and reach net-zero emissions by 2050, and to be the first country to implement a comprehensive national strategy to eliminate single-use plastics by 2021. Both ambitious world firsts in principle, but can Costa Rica deliver solid policies and make its mark as a global climate leader?

Last October, Costa Rica hosted PreCOP25, an international meeting of ministers that took place before the United Nations COP25 climate summit in Madrid in December. The PreCOP focuses on three priorities: ...


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