IRB – Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (Author)
In a 22 June 2001 telephone interview, the secretary of the press office at the Ministry of Environment and Energy (Ministerio del Ambiente y Energía, MINAE) in San José stated that the administration of permits to cut and transport trees has been the responsibility of the Costa Rican state since 1967. She stated specifically that MINAE has been responsible for issuing the permits since it was created on 13 November 1995 and that the Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mines (Ministerio de Recursos Naturales, Energía y Minas), MINAE's predecessor, was responsible for the same task for the period going back to 4 June 1990 when the Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mines was created.
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Ministerio del Medio Ambiente y
Energía (MINAE), San José, Costa Rica. 22 June 2001.
Telephone interview with the secretary of the press office.
Additional Sources Consulted
World News Connection (WNC)
Internet sites including:
La Nación [San
José]. Search Engine. 1998-2001