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Costa Rica represents a most remarkable model for the linking of tourism and conservation. Costa Rica enjoys 5% of the world‟s biological diversity on less than 1% of the world‟s land area. Rapid deforestation in the 1970s led to a bold decision to set a goal of protecting 25% of the country‟s land over 10 years. Today 126 protected areas makes up 31.5% of the national territory (26% public and 5.5% private). Costa Rica also abolished its military, allowing it to redirect funds towards