Costa Rica (literally "Rich Coast"), officially the Republic of Costa Rica (Spanish: Costa Rica or República de Costa Rica, is a country in Central America, bordered by Nicaragua to the north, Panama to the south-southeast, the Pacific Ocean to the west and south, and the Caribbean Sea to the east. Costa Rica was the first country in the world to constitutionally abolish its army.
Costa Rica protects over 25% of its national territory within the Protected Areas system. It also possesses the greatest density of species in the world.
- Costa Rica aims to become first "carbon neutral" country. Worldwatch Institute, March 12 / Low carbon communities
- In 2007 Costa Rica planted more than five million trees or 1.25 per person making it the highest per capita planting in the world. Source: United Nations Environment Programme, December 12 2007
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