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General Information

For Costa Rica is a great honor to be the host country of the Underlying Causes for Deforestation and Forest degradation Workshop.

In Costa Rica, you will enjoy its natural wonders as well as the kindness of the people that has grown up in a country without an army. Costa Rica is an extraordinary wildlife refuge in which, not withstanding the small size of its territory, 5 % of the biodiversity of the planet is present. In just a few hours, you can enjoy the richness of our pacific coast as well as the exuberance of the atlantic coast , visit our national parks , wildlife refuges, forest reserves, biol ogical reserves, an a variety of tropical forests ( Dry forest, Cloud Forest, and Rain Forest within some); as well as the majestic volcanoes and wonderful beaches.

Location and population

Costa Rica locates in Central America, covering an area of 51.100 km2. It has a population of about 3.350.000 habitants.

Capital City

San José

Economic Activities

Traditionally, Costa Ricas main income has come from agriculture; being coffee, bananas and sugar cane its main products. In the last decades, the country has position itself in international markets with non traditional products suc h as flowers, roots, tubers, fruits and vegetables. Also, the country has developed conditions that have attracted eco tourism, as well as investments for the High-Tec industry.

Climate

Costa Rica has a very pleasant climate. Normally very sunny , with a possibility of rain in the afternoon. In the summer, the Central Valley temperature is normally under 24 C, with a mild breeze at sunset. In the lowlands and coast lands, temperatures average 30 C.

Translation

There will be simultaneous english, spanish, french, and russian language translation during the plenary and technical sessions.

Companion inscription

There is no official program for companions during the workshop. Nevertheless, in case there is a well advance notification, special rates for tourist visits and social activities can be obtained for those persons travelling as comp anions..

Airport Tax

An airport tax of $16 or its equivalent value in colones must be cancelled when leaving the country.

Currency exchange

The official currency of Costa Rica is the colon ( ), and the actual exchange rate is 268 colones for US $. The devaluation rate is 0.15 cents daily.

Hotel

The Workshop will be hosted at the Melia Corobicí Hotel , located at the western part of the capital city, 20 kilometers from the Juan Santamaría International Airport

The Hotel Address is :

Costado Norte del parque Metropolñitano la Sabana. Apartado 2443-100, San José, Costa Rica

Tel: (506) 232 8122

Fax: (506) 231 6063; USA, 1-800-224-4274

Services

In the host Hotel , you can fin d the following services:

Internal transport

There will be Airport-Hotel-Airport transportation. En case a mishap occurs, the normal rate for a trip by taxi from the Airport to the Hotel is $10.

Visas

Those participants that come from the following countries must obtain an authorize visa from Costa Rica for their entry to the country.

Afghanistan

Chad

Liberia

Angola

Congo

Libya

Armenia

Cuba

Malawi

Bangladesh

Ghana

Madascar

Bahrain

Guinea Bissau

Malaysia

Benin

Equatorial Guinea

Sri Lanka

Bhutan

Haiti

Sudan

Bosnia

Iran

Swaziland

Botswana

Iraq

Syria

Burkina-Faso

Ivory Coast

Tanzania

Burma

Jordan

Togo

Burundi

N. Korea

Uganda

Cameroon

Kuwait

Ukraine

Campuchea

Laos

Yemen

Cape Verde

Lebanon

Zaire

Indepent States Community (Formely the USSR)

Lesotho

Zambia,

Those participants that come from the following countries should consult the respective Costa Rican Embassy or Consulate, about the necessary visa procedures; or, they can communicate to the Costa Rican Organizing Committee for orienta tion.

PAÍS

FAX

TELÉFONO

Aruba

 

00297-847-193

Argentina

00541-815-8159

00541-815-8160

Australia

00612-261-2953

00612-261-1177

Austria

00431-804-9071

00431-804-0537

Bahamas

001-809-327-3416

001-809-327-3796

Barbados

001-809-432-5566

001-80999-432-0194

Belgium & EC

00322-648-3192

00322-640-5541

Belize

005912-783032

005912-783032

Bolivi

005912-783032

005912-783032

Brazil

005561-248-6234

005561-248-7656

Canadá

001613-562-2582

001613-562-2855

Chile

00562-2351326

00562-2351869

China

00886-2-8711415

008862-8712422

Colombia

00571-6230205

00571-6228830

Curacao

005999-614232

005999-375-513

Cyprus

357-05-374534

357-05-362223

Czech & Slovakia

00422-79181880

00422-79181880

Denmark

009-45-33937530

009-45-33110885

Dominican Republic

001-809-565-6467

001-809-565-6419

Ecuador

005932-254-087

005932-254-945

El Salvador

00503-279-3079

00503-223-82-83

Filand

 

003580-443998

France

00331-405-00961

00331-452-5223

Germany

0049-228-25-29-50-

0049-228-25-29-40

Berlín

 

0049-511-281127

Cologne

 

0049-221-54-2051

Hamburg

0049-40-6696-191

0049-40-80-1395

Heidelberg

 

0049-6221-44-221

Munich

 

0049-89-266-646

Grand Caymen

001-809-949-0610

001-809-949-9284

Greece

00301-9680-622

00301-9680-620

Guatemala

005022-32-0531

005022-319604

Holland

003170-3584-754

003170-35-40-780

Honduras

00504-32-1876

00504-321768

Hong kong

00852-806-1247

00852-5665-181

Hungary

00361-810-781

00361-1-812-788

India

(437)20-24-202

20-40351

Israel

00972-2630-777

00972-266-6197

Italy

00396-397-33656

00396-397-33226

Jamaica

001-809-97-83-946

001-809-92- 75-988

Japan

00813-34861813-

00813-3486-1812

Kenya

 

002542-500-226

Lebanon

0096-1-186-1831

0096-1-3434-74

London England

0044-71-7068-655

0044-71-7068-844

Luxemburg

0035-24-437027

0035-2437027

Mexico

00525-511-9240

00525-525-7765

Monaco

0033-9216-0880

0033-92-05-2232

Nicaragua

005052-66-39-55

005052-66-24-04

Norway

0047-22-55-5758

004722-44-2251

Panamá

00507-64-63-48

00507-64-29-37

Paraguay

00595-21-450-607

00595-21-450-609

Purú

005114-40-99-82

005114-4099-82

Phillipines

632-8150199

632-818-6740

Poland

004822-481478

004822-481478

Portugal

 

3851363

Montecarlo

003393-502188

003393-508899

Puerto Rico

001-809-282-6744

001-809-282-6747

Romania

00401-210-68-71

00401-210-68-77

Russia

007-095-415-4042

007-095-415-4014

Salzburg and Tirol

 

0043-316-782744

Saudia Arabia

 

64-943

South Africa

2711-486-1692

2711-848-5028

South Corea

02-311-8901

02-776-2884

Spain

00341-345-9622

00341-250-9398

Switzerland

00-4131-9526457

00-4131-952-6230

Sweden

00-46-31-207-776

00-4631-832-165

Thailand

66-2-255-3963

66-2-252-0489

Trinidad and Tobago

001-809-624-1217

001-809-624-3667

Turkey

52-75-777

52-806-72-73

United Kingdom

0044713-7379-73

0044713-7379-73

Unnite States

Atlanta

001-404-951-7073

001-404-951-7025

Boston

001-61-698-21-70

001-413-7815-400

Chicago

001-312-263-5807

001-312-263-2772

Denver

001-303-677-0050

001-303-7506-750

Hawai

 

001-808-395-7772

Houston

001-713-266-1527

001-713-266-1527

Las Vegas

 

001-702-363-2925

Los Ángeles

001-213-380-5639

001-213-3807-915

Miami

001-305-871-0860

001-305-871-7885

Minnesota

001-612-920-7444

001-612-645-3401

New Orleans

001-504-466-8268

001-504-467-1462

New York

001-212-785-6818

001-212-425-2620

Oregon

001-503-693-0623

001-206-377-0050

San Antonio

001-210-829-5553

001-210-308-8623

San Diego

001-619-222-5496

001-619-563-6441

San Francisco

001-415-392-3745

001-415-392-3745

Utah

 

001-801-753-3490

Washington

001-202-265-4795

001-202-334-2945

Vaticano

0039-667-6689

0039-679-6689

Uruguay

005982-96-5663

005982-7181-26

Venezuela

00582-262-00-38

00582-267-1104

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