By Daniela Vidal
Definitions can stir up emotions and sometimes conflict. “Sustainability” doesn’t lack for either. This is the fifth in a series of looks at how Ticos define sustainability and what it means to them.
PUNTA MORALES, Costa Rica — Ramiro Segura Mendez studied marine biology as an undergraduate. Now the administrator of the National Station for Marine Sciences in Punta Morales, Segura works to form connections with surrounding communities and inform them about sustainable management of their resources.
“The word itself says it. It’s something that can be perpetuated in time. Sustainability allows future generations to make the most of their resources, which would be in the same condition or better. We have to learn from the past. We have present initiatives because of looking back. We can’t repeat that history [of destruction] again. If we do, then future generations will not be able to use the resources. I have two views of what can happen in the future. The first is if we follow a path of sustainability. There will be an abundance and growth of mangrove forest. The second is the disappearance of the mangrove trees.”