Vegetation plays an important role in the coastal ecosystem, not only for the same environment, also in the social and economic spheres. Forest fires not only devastate wildlife, also affect opportunities for development based on conservation.
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On Sunday April 19th was held in Playa Potrero Community Center the event: “Save our seas”, which consists in a group of talks whose main message was to explain the threats that forest fires represents against different circumstances.
With the support of Pecho Amarillo and the Instituto de Oceanología de Costa Rica, Christian Díaz Chuquisengo, environmental promoter and tourist guide, explained in general terms the importance of the coastal vegetation in the ecosystem and the promotion of the socio-economic development based in the conservation.
On the other hand, he also commented the impact that forest fires have over the coastal vegetation, and how these, in the future, can affect the social and economic development, when these are based in the conservation culture.
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The coastal vegetation is not only important for the ecosystem, it is also in the promotion of the social and economic development seen from the conservation culture. As the vegetation remains, the ecological processes in the coastal ecosystems with low human interaction occurs constant and progressively, not in an accelerated way.
By keeping this habitat, several economic benefits are given for developing sustainable productive activities in the region. Similarly, there are social benefits associated in terms of improved public health, promotion of education and sense of security in communities that already have cultural patterns linked to the culture of conservation.
The continuous generation of forest fires over the coastal ecosystems affects the ecological processes in a medium and long term. As these fires in most cases are provoked, the consequences for the ecosystem may even be irreversible. The causes of these fires can be varied, but the results are not positive for social and economic development, due to desertification and changes in land use.