The Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE) is organizationally complex as it consists of various decentralized agencies and other affiliated entities. During the Arias Sanchez Presidency, 2006 – 2010, MINAE was made responsible for the Telecommunications sector, whose creation was completed with the approval of the General Telecommunications Law in June 2010. Two years later, in June 2012, the Chinchilla Miranda Presidency relocated the Telecommunications sector to the Ministry of Science and Teconlogía (MICIT). That same year, the Chinchilla Miranda Administration created by decree the Vice Ministry of Water & Seas in response to the management lag there is in this matter in the country.
The Ministry has been constantly evolving as the environmental sector has gone from being one of marginal interest to one central to the country's development plans. Thanks to the work done by MINAE, Costa Rica is now among the top of the World Environmental Performance Index and is recognized worldwide for its efforts in conservation and sustainable development.
Last Updated: 26 September 2016