Costa Rica is one of the oldest democracies in the continent. Within only a 4 hour direct flight from Charlotte, NC the country is home to 5% of the world’s total floral and fauna species. Even though the country has managed to create a large national park system to protect its natural resources (25% of the country´s territory is protected) there are still many critical challenges that remain unresolved.
With just over 51,000 km2 in territory, Costa Rica is one of the most biodiverse countries. With beautiful beaches, volcanos, biodiversity, and a unique culture and political system devoted to the protection of natural resources, the country offers a perfect setting for studying social, economic, and cultural aspects interactions with natural resources . This course will take you to a large variety of rural, and urban settings to learn about water management, ecotourism, agribusiness, biology, forestry, and renewable materials issues. The course balances different teaching methods to increase the learning process to reflect on past, present, and future of natural resources in a developing country and their relationship to other geographies such as United States.
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