Bush, Rodriguez discuss rain forest project
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. President George W. Bush and
Costa Rican President Miguel Angel Rodriguez discussed a $54 million
project to help the Central American nation preserve its rain
forests, Rodriquez said Friday.
Speaking to reporters outside the White House after his meeting with Bush,
Rodriguez said the funds would come from the $250 million Costa Rica owes
the United States.
He said Costa Rica would use the money to pay private owners for lands
that have become part of national parks and reserves.
"The fund would allow us to stabilize our rain forests,
secure the biodiversity of Costa Rica and reduce
carbon gases," Rodriguez said.
He said Bush offered his support for a study on
how to carry out the project because it would
demonstrate U.S. interest in preserving the
environment and promoting regional
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