Water Contamination in Costa Rica

Challenges of Community Water Boards in holding authorities accountable

How can citizens hold the state and third parties accountable when accountability mechanisms exist but are ineffective?

What are the consequences of institutional mistrust and why it is important to factor them in?

The Centro de Derecho Ambiental y de los Recursos Naturales (CEDARENA) interviewed Xinia BriceƱo, president of the Community Water Board of Milano in Costa Rica, to discuss the impact of water pollution caused by intensive pineapple farming in the region and the response of the State. She highlights the failures to comply and implement legal and regulatory frameworks, and the difficulty in obtaining reliable information from authorities about contamination levels in the water.