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Patrick Greenfield is a biodiversity and environment reporter for the Guardian and the Observer.

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This story was originally published by The Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

When it comes to the environment, few countries rival Costa Rica in terms of action and ambition.

The tiny Central American nation is aiming for total decarbonization by 2050, not just a “net-zero” target. It has regrown large areas of tropical rainforest after suffering some of the highest rates of deforestation in the world in the 1970s and 1980s. Costa Ricans play a major role in international environmental politics, most notably Christiana Figueres, who helped to corral world leaders into agreeing the Paris Accord.

Now Costa Rica has turned its attention to securing an ambitious international agreement on halting biodiversity loss. In January, more than 50 countries committed to the protection of 30 percent of the planet’s land and oceans as part of the High Ambition Coalition (HAC) for Nature and People, spearheaded by Costa Rica, which is a co-chair alongside France and the U.K.

The coalition hopes the target will become the headline aim for an international agreement on halting biodiversity loss for this decade, set to be negoti... Read more

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