We all know that the Osa Peninsula is a world gem, famous for its biodiversity, treasured by Costa Ricans and the world
Is this the place for industrial scale in-stream gravel mining to support the development of the southern
zone of Costa Rica?
Major gravel mining concessions on the east side of the peninsula could entirely ruin the ecosystems
of the Osa Peninsula and could seriously damage the Golfo Dulce and the mangroves.
There are 14 concessions from Rio Rincon to Rio Tigre, approximately 20km, from north to south, and
almost every concession covers 2 km of river(2 or maybe 3 of the concessions are 1 km) making approx 26km of river to be mined
What will the travelers think when they see this activity from the air?
This is not a thing of the future. Some of these concessions are already approved.
5 concessions on the Rincon….2 already approved by SETENA, one of these ready for the president's
1 on the Conte
2 on the Barrigones
2 on the Agujas , one of which is already approved
4 on the Tigre, one approved and in production, 1 approved but stalled by legal problems and 2 more
1 tiny one on the Rio Piro (not included in the 14 mentioned above)
2 gold mining concessions,
We do not yet know the volumes of material for
these concessions but the ones on the Rio Tigre allow removal of approximately 80 truck loads a day.
Gravel mining has been proven to drastically impact the aquatic insect life in the rivers. This then
effects the whole food chain and causes a chain reaction up into the forests of the Osa.
Please take the time to visit the current active concession on the Rio Tigre to get a better understanding
of what SETENA and Geological and Mining are about to permit. There is almost no monitoring by government agencies and
the few environmental protection measures written into the concessions are ignored.
Halting gravel mining in rivers does not need to halt development! There are alternatives to this destructive
practice. There is gravel under most of the Coastal plain, under the
plantations and cattle pastures. Many farms report 7-12 meters of this material with less than 1 meter of soil on top
of it. Taking gravel from pits would be a lot less destructive and have a lot less impact on the bottom of the food
del Rio Tigre Lodge
de Osa, Costa Rica