Ministry of Environment and Energy (Ministerio de Ambiente y Energia - MINAE)
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History of the Minae
The genesis of the dependencies that make up the current Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE) dates back to 1888, when the National Meteorological Service was founded, today called the National Meteorological Institute.
It was until the mid-twentieth century that the Directorate of Geology, Mines and Petroleum was created, and until 1980 that the Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM) emerged, which two years later for restructuring of the Executive Branch, was named Ministry of Industries , Energy and Mines (MIEM). In 1988, through a budget rule, the MIEM became the Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mines (MIRENEM), incorporating competencies in the areas of forests, flora, wildlife, protected wild areas and meteorology; and move the area of industries to the Ministry of Economy and Commerce.
Later, with the corresponding endorsement of MIDEPLAN and the Civil Service Court, the Ministry undergoes another restructuring in 1995, since through the Organic Law of the Environment N ° 7554, it is assigned new competences in environmental matters, being hereinafter referred to as the Ministry of the Environment. Environment and Energy (MINAE). Thus appear the National Environmental Council, the National Environmental Technical Secretariat, the Environmental Comptroller, the Administrative Environmental Tribunal, and the Regional Environmental Councils.
The restructuring continues when, in June 2010, the MINAE becomes the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Telecommunications (MINAET), whose creation was finalized with the approval of the General Telecommunications Law. Two years later, in June 2012, the telecommunications sector was relocated and transferred to the Ministry of Science and Technology (MICIT), subsequently establishing the Vice Ministry of Environment, the Vice Ministry of Energy, and a new Vice Ministry of Water and Sea in response to the lag that has been had in this area.
Finally, as of February 1, 2013, this organisationally complex entity, made up of different deconcentrated bodies and other seconded bodies, is once again called the Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE).
In short, the process of ministerial development outlined above has responded to different historical situations, especially political-administrative and socio-economic, which were reflected in differential organizational structures over all these years. It is for the foregoing that, following mandates established in various legal regulations in force, MINAE through its history has been attributed other areas of competence in the field of water resources, hydrocarbons, environmental education, citizen participation, biodiversity, wetlands, climate change , joint implementation, environmental quality, conservation and rational use of energy.
Due to this constant evolution, the environmental sector has become one of the most important in the development plans of the country. Thanks to the work done by this ministry, Costa Rica is now among the first places in the World Environmental Performance Index and is recognized worldwide for its efforts in favor of conservation and sustainable development.
Contribute to the improvement of the quality of life of the inhabitants of the country through the promotion of management, conservation and sustainable development of the elements, goods, services and environmental and natural resources of the country, whose management corresponds to the MINAE by legal provision or international agreement, guaranteeing the necessary and full harmony between national development activities, respect for nature and the legal consolidation of citizen rights in this area.
Consolidate as an environmental management system that allows Costa Rica to position itself positively in terms of international competitiveness (political, environmental and commercial), and strengthened in its capacity of public management to respond to the management, conservation and sustainable use requirements of the environmental and natural resources, under the leadership of the Minister Rector of the Environment and Energy Sector.See more