Thanks to the support provided by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and by the Basque Government's Environmental Management Company, Ihobe, Costa Rica's central government is strongly promoting green public procurement and contracting in its administration and throughout the country.
Costa Rica forms part of the group of seven pilot countries, which, with the support of the UNEP, are employing the approach of the Marrakech task force on sustainable public procurement. Its objective is to devise policies and action plans aimed at the implementation of public procurement by the Costa Rican administration which will take social and environmental criteria into consideration.
From 11th to 13th July 2011, the country participated in the meeting held in Panama together with the other Latin American pilot countries who are participating in the UNEP project (Chile, Colombia and Uruguay) and representatives of other Latin American countries. The aims of the meeting were to present the results obtained by the pilot projects in the formulation and implementation of sustainable public procurement policies; to discuss the methodology used and how to improve it; and to consider the expansion of sustainable procurement in the other countries.
During the meeting, Costa Rica showcased its advances in this field and distributed the guide to sustainable public procurement to the participants present. This guide was published in 2011 and was compiled with the technical support of Ihobe. Therefore, Ihobe's green procurement manual served as a point of reference in the environmental section of the Costa Rican guide. The material was adapted to reflect Costa Rican laws and current market conditions in the American country.
January 8, 2012.