Three environmental organizations and five individuals have filed a constitutional court case against the government demanding better protection for the Parque Nacional Corcovado and the Reserva Forestal Golfo Dulce.
The appeal is against the Ministro de Ambiente y Energía, the Ministro de Seguridad Pública and the Ministro de Hacienda.
Among other claims, those filing the case say that the country needs to hire from 600 to 1,200 more park guards to prevent environmental crimes.
Specifically for Parque Nacional Corcovado in southwestern Costa Rica, the appeal lists gold miners, illegal hunting and illegal lumbering have damaged what is called the sanctuary of biodiversity.
The constitutional appeal cites a number of articles of the nation’s charter that relate to a clean environment.
The outline of damage to the park includes gold miners use of mechanical sluice boxes that process thousands of tons of material. In one case, investigators estimated that illegal mining had removed the equivalent of 2,000 truckloads of material, the environmental organizations said in a release.
The organizations also said that the operations were equivalent to an open pit gold mine of moderate size.
The organizations are Federación Conservacionista de Costa Rica. Preserve Plant and the Sindicato de Trabajadores del Ministro de Ambiente y Energía.