Costa Rica

Costa Rica Country Page
Latin America & The Caribbean
The climate of Costa Rica is marked by distinct annual patterns significantly influenced by ocean temperature fluctuations, atmospheric interactions with its volcanic mountain range, and various climate phenomena such as El Niño/La Niña cycles and the Pacific Decadal Oscillation. Factors like the Intertropical Convergence Zone, the subtropical high-pressure system over the Caribbean Sea, and the strength of trade winds and the Caribbean Low-Level Jet also play crucial roles in the region's climate variability (Source
Recognizing these challenges, Costa Rica, with support from the CADRI Partnership, embarked on enhancing its disaster risk reduction and preparedness capacities. Following a request from the Ministry of Territorial Administration, the CADRI team, including experts from UNDP, IOM, UNOPS, UNHCR, UNDRR, WHO, UNFPA, and UNICEF, conducted a scoping mission in March 2023. In October 2023, a comprehensive capacity diagnosis mission took place, engaging about 140 representatives from 38 institutions across government, civil society, academia, and the private sector. This mission included field visits to Nueva Cinchona and Moreno Cañas in Alajuela, showcasing local recovery efforts from disasters. The ongoing efforts and the anticipated CADRI Partnership's capacity diagnosis report, expected in the second quarter of 2024, show Costa Rica's dedication to enhancing its disaster risk management framework and ensuring the resilience of its diverse and dynamic landscape.