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Local Governance for Bioinnovation

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Bioinnovation refers to doing different (innovative) things in relation to the link with nature, respecting natural forms of design. The idea is to raise the regenerative potential of each locality according to its context of natural richness.

 

Currently, governance and the market are oriented towards extracting value from our ecosystems, so it is necessary to change the attitudes of those involved in governance so that they aspire to regenerative development that adds value instead

Our Local Governance for Bioinnovation project works closely with municipalities to train and advise their teams on Bioinnovation.

In October 2020, Costa Rica Regenerativa signed an agreement with the Federation of Municipalities of Guanacaste (FEMUGUA) to conduct periodic workshops on regenerative development.

This collaboration aims to:

  • Generate competencies and attitudes in the municipalities to govern their place with a regenerative vision.

  • Advise on the optimization of local governance.

  • Identify and map the needs of each locality to align them with its natural wealth.

  • To manage innovative local alliances to facilitate regeneration.

  • Design and implement pilot projects.

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What we have achieved so far

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What if we measured development differently?

Economic growth or GDP ignores the social and environmental costs of "progress". What would happen if we were guided instead by the capacity to create social welfare while respecting the natural limits of the planet? This is precisely what Donut Economics proposes.

 

The donut model developed by economist Kate Raworth seeks to address humanity's current challenge of ensuring that no one lacks the essentials of life, while ensuring that we do not exceed the planetary boundaries that guarantee a safe space for life on Earth.

 

The environmental ceiling consists of the nine planetary boundaries established by Rockstrom et al. beyond which environmental degradation reaches potential points of no return. The twelve dimensions of the social floor are derived from the minimum social standards agreed internationally in the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015. Between the social and planetary boundaries lies an environmentally safe and socially just space in which humanity can thrive.

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If we go by the model of the Donut Economy, Costa Rica is much closer to the ideal donut than many so-called "developed" countries. However, we still have many environmental debts, especially in reference to soil health, mineral cycles and per capita carbon emissions. And of course, we must address growing inequality and unemployment. 

 

To change the development paradigm we need to incorporate a regenerative vision and act in accordance with our biological, geographic and cultural contexts

"Costa Rica is a country that I highlight in my international presentations. (...) It is a country that is quite close to meeting the needs of all people, almost within the possibilities of the planet. And they haven't even been trying as an intentional goal. So this gives us hope that it might be possible."

— Kate Raworth.

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“Adopt the rhythm of nature; its secret is patience.”

—Ralph Waldo Emerson