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A new limitation revealed: when early warnings aren’t heeded

The Sarapiquí Early Warning System has been a pilot for regions in the rest of Costa Rica, as Alfonso Gatgens detailed in yesterday’s longform...

When earthquake and storm unite: Sarapiquí’s early alerts

Alfonso Gatgens prepared this longform piece on emergencies in Sarapiquí without knowing that the greatest emergency in more than a decade was headed for...

‘I even dreamed about my reporting’

Two things brought them together that day: the rain that was falling on everyone's roofs, and the shared challenge of finding out how their...

Can a levee save a historic town in the Southern Zone?

Flood have been a part of life in Ciudad Cortés since its founding. We visit the past, present and future of this community to understand its relationship with these emergencies.

‘Managed retreat’ from climate disasters can reinvent cities so they’re better for everyone – and avoid more flooding, heat and fires

Sometimes small adaptations can help reduce the heat or minimize the damage. But when the risks get too high, one strategy that has to be considered is managed retreat – the purposeful movement of people, buildings and other infrastructure away from highly hazardous places.

‘Sleeping peacefully depends on everyone’

Within a diverse context that includes border areas, indigenous and coastal communities, the Talamanca region has managed to organize an effective response capacity to natural hazards, thanks to committed people and community leaders who work to articulate and educate these populations.

A desert city tries to save itself with rain

The desert city has gradually implemented policies over the past decade to further water harvesting with the aim of bolstering conservation, lowering water bills and creating more green spaces.

When a town becomes a family

Media Naranja Column inspired by a report by Karina Méndez about the way that residents of Monteverde and surrounding communities reacted to Tropical Storm Nate in 2017.

Monte Verde and volunteering: what do we do when help can’t get through?

When an emergency occurs in a community, the relevant government entities activate their protocols. But what happens when a community like Monte Verde is...

Gulf Coast communities are solving their own flooding crisis. It could be a model for cities nationwide.

By Greta Moran, Grist, May 07, 2021 - Our team at El Colectivo 506 is proud to be working with the Solutions Journalism Network on this...
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When visiting Costa Rica, choose your personal care products wisely

When I opened up the floor for the members of Entrepreneurs 506 to tell us what visitors to rural Costa Rica should remember to...