The Department of State’s Regional Environmental Hub for Central America and the Caribbean, based at the U.S. Embassy in San Jose, Costa Rica, advances U.S. Government environment, science, technology, and health (ESTH) objectives in the region. It was established in August 1997 as one of twelve regional environmental offices at U.S. Embassies throughout the globe. The ESTH Hub program reflects the conviction of the Department of State that threats to the global environment constitute a threat to the strategic interests of the United States, and that innovative U.S. foreign policy tools must be developed to address challenges that know no borders. The ESTH Hubs are at the forefront of encouraging regional and international cooperation for management of the world’s resources.
What We Do
The Hub for Central America and the Caribbean works closely with the region’s governments, multilateral organizations, NGOs, and the private sector to focus on pressing environmental issues such as:
- Anti-Wildlife Trafficking
- Environmental Governance
- Water Resource and Quality Management
- Health and Epidemic Preparedness
- Oceans and Marine Conservation
- Biodiversity and Tropical Forest Conservation
Through its efforts on regional environmental issues, the Hub in Costa Rica supports broader regional foreign policy goals such as sustainable development, economic integration, and improved cooperation with, and between, Central American and Caribbean nations.
The Hub promotes international, inter-agency, and embassy cooperation and communication to address pressing environmental issues and to advance United States goals.
The Hub coordinates with other U.S. government agencies including:
- United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
- U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
- Department of the Interior (DOI)
- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS)
- U.S. Forest Service (USFS)
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
The Hub also partners with NGOs, regional institutions, and local governments, among many others. It also serves as a clearinghouse of information concerning U.S. Government environmental activities throughout the region.
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Countries and Territories Served
Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Cuba, Costa Rica, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Panama, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago.
Tel: (506) 2519-2000