Costa Rica

Map Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a partner country in German international cooperation. GIZ has been working there on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) since the early 1990s.

There are currently 24 GIZ staff members and CIM experts employed in Costa Rica, who network closely and exchange experience. An additional CIM post is planned for 2012/13.

Costa Rica has seen positive development in recent years. Stable macroeconomic growth has brought about a general improvement in living conditions. Although the export sector has also shown encouraging signs of growth, the potential remains considerable.

Costa Rica plays a leading role in resource conservation and climate mitigation in Central America. This can be seen in initiatives to conserve biodiversity and preserve nature conservation areas, as well as in the country’s commitment to adaptation and to reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

Costa Rica aims to become greenhouse gas neutral by 2021 and is committed to aligning policy with emissions reduction amd avoidance in a sustainable and lasting manner. The ambitious target calls for major efforts with the aid of innovative approaches, particularly as emissions are on an upward trend.

Besides the Government, the private sector is also committed to the objective of making Costa Rica a low emission country. Support is needed not only in identifying economically efficient technical solutions in specific sectors, but particularly in creating the institutional framework, in developing capacity and in financing and improving the economic environment.

GIZ’s activities focus on the following priority areas:

  • resource conservation and climate change
  • adaptation to climate change; marine conservation areas
  • economic development
  • good governance; monitoring and evaluation.

We support, for example, the creation of a system of marine conservation areas adapted to climate change, the management skills of key actors and financial sustainability through the establishment of financing mechanisms. Protecting biodiversity also enhances the resilience of ecosystems and improves adaptability.

Much has been accomplished in terms of capacity development and finding model solutions that combine climate change mitigation with economic efficiency and innovation. This in turn leads to new entrepreneurial activities and employment.

GIZ activities operate at the interface between public institutions, the private sector and civil society.

Since 2010 we have been implementing two International Climate Initiative projects on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB). Our portfolio also includes projects of GIZ International Services (GIZ IS), development partnerships with the private sector and triangular cooperation projects.

Projects and Programmes

Office contact

GIZ Office Costa Rica
Country Director
Jürgen Popp

Office address
GIZ Office Costa Rica
Rohrmoser, de la II Etapa del Centro Comercial Plaza Mayor, 200 metros al oeste, 200 metros norte y 50 metros oeste, edificio color blanco a mano derecha, contiguo al lote baldío
San José, Costa Rica
Phone: +506 2520 1535
Fax: +506 2520 1528

Postal Address
Agencia GIZ San José
Apartado 8-4190, 1000 San José
Costa Rica

Project data