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INSIDECOSTARICA.COM | COSTA RICA  NEWS |       Wednesday 15 June 2011

Arbor Day In Costa Rica

Today, June 15, is "Día del Árbol" or Arbor Day (from the Latin "arbor", meaning tree) in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant and care for trees.

The Árbol de Guanacaste (Guanacaste tree) was declared the national tree by Decree No. 7 of August 31, 1959

The Arbor Day movement is not a recent fad. It originated in Brugg, Switzerland, in the 5th century. The idea was taken up in Eastern Canada (Ontario 1887) and the United States (1872) and is today a popular annual celebration by schools and communities.

Many countries now observe Arbor Day, though usually observed in the spring, the date varies, depending on climate and suitable planting season.

Costa Rica is no stranger to this event, as throughout the day various activities will allude to this date.

The activities include a conference "The role of forest ecosystems in achieving sustainable human development" at the Teatro 1887 in the Central Nacional de la Cultura (CENAC) at 2pm.

There will also be tree planting in La Sabana park starting at 9am today which will be attended by leaders of major institutions.

The Auditorium of Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones (TSE), will host the Forum of experience in environmental management, from 8:00 am until noon.




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