On October 19th 2016, representatives from the Costa Rican Ministries for Environment and Energy (MINAE) and Agriculture and Livestock (MAG), as well as the National Coffee Institute (ICAFE) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH officially launched the NAMA Support Project “Low-Carbon Coffee Costa Rica” (NSP). The NSP offers technical and financial assistance to the Costa Rican NAMA Café de Costa Rica, which aims to support coffee farmers grow and process coffee efficiently and competitively, emit less greenhouse gases and become resilient to the effects of climate change.
From September 19th to 30th 2016 representatives of nine Costa Rican coffee mills travelled to Germany to meet with manufacturers and suppliers of the German coffee industry, as well as coffee roasters to negotiate promising collaborations. The delegation was sent under the NAMA Support Project „Low-Carbon Coffee Costa Rica“, which is currently being implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in Costa Rica.
On September 10th and 11th 2016, Berlin, Germany focused on the future. The “Umweltpolitik 3.0 – Das Festival der Zukunft” (Environmental policy 3.0 – the festival of the future) festival took place, celebrating the 30 th anniversary of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB). The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH seized the opportunity and presented its work on the topics of environment and climate – among them the latest milestones and current work-in- progress of the NAMA Support Project “Low-Emission Coffee Costa Rica”. A sample of genuine Costa Rican coffee awaited visitors at the GIZ “Klima Café”.
On September 9th 2016 Costa Rica celebrated one of its most important agricultural products: Under the patronage of the Ministry for Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) the National Coffee Day was celebrated at its offices in San José, Costa Rica. As part of the festivities, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, the MAG, the Ministry for Environment and Energy (MINAE) and the National Coffee Institute (ICAFE) signed an agreement which makes technical and financial resources of more than US$ 7 million available, thus benefitting 6,000 farmers across the entire country.
On the National Coffee Day on September 9th 2016 representatives of MAG, MINAE, ICAFE and GIZ congratulated the coffee mill El Cántaro for becoming the first mill to be certified as carbon neutral under the guidance of the NAMA Café.
In April 2016, the implementation of the Nationally Appropiate Mitigation Action (NAMA) “Café de Costa Rica” took an important step forward: Costa Rican coffee mills learned how to measure their carbon and water footprints in workshops organized by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and Costa Rican Coffee Institute (ICAFE) in Heredia, Costa Rica.
The Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH (German Agency for International Development Cooperation) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on March 4th 2016 in San José, Costa Rica to jointly support and strengthen a balanced economic and social integration and development in Central America for the upcoming four years.