06 July, 2009

Costa Rica: an excellent example for Africa

In a report released this past week end by a research group based in Britain - the Happy Planet Index, which seeks countries with the happiest and most content people - the Central Latin American nation of Costa Rica comes on top. According to the research group, Costa Ricans report the highest life satisfaction in the world, have the second-highest average life expectancy of the Americas .......... and have an ecological footprint that means that the country only narrowly fails to achieve the goal of ‘one-planet living’: consuming its fair share of the Earth’s natural resources. It should be noted too, that: Costa Rica ranks high in many other International Rankings.

For decades Costa Rica has stood out for its stability and has benefited from the most developed welfare system in the region. It has no standing army, and its citizens enjoy one of the highest life expectancy levels in the Western hemisphere and better living standards than their war-torn neighbours. More than any other nation one can think of, Costa Rica insists that economic growth, human progress and environmentalism work together.

Not only does Costa Rica have no standing army; not only does the country have peace and a long history of strong democracy; not only does it have one of the longest life expectancies in the world; not only is it a paradise for holiday makers; Costa Rica too, is one of the most environmentally friendly countries in the world and the greenest of all.
  • Demonstrating an environmental sensitivity unparalleled elsewhere, Costa Ricans have set aside one quarter of their land as protected areas and national parks. Ecotourists are rewarded with botanical and animal marvels found nowhere else on Earth. Although Costa Rica is best known as an invaluable refuge for nature, this small nation is also a haven of peace. Geographia
Many African countries can emulate the Latin American nation. It may look and be difficult, but it's possible. It's not only oil and such resources that matter; Africa, like Costa Rica has abundant and many other useful natural resources. African countries and its people too, can have such achievements. All African countries need, are leaders with vision and determination. And they too can achieve. It can be done.

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