An investigation by The Voice of Guanacaste and The Tico Times that revealed how a large amount of the water concessions in the Tempisque River have no environmental impact studies was awarded an honorable mention by the Costa Rican-North American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in the Alberto Marten Chavarria prize.
The awards ceremony took place on Friday, October 7 at the Costa Rica Marriott Hotel in San Antonio de Belen, Heredia. Seven print and television news media were nominated, and 20 journalists competed.
The winner of the prize was journalist Cristina Fallas of the weekly El Financiero for a special report on the objectives of sustainable development of companies in the country.
The panel that judged the award was made up of journalist Ana Cristina Camacho, president of the Association of Journalists of Costa Rica, Marlon Mora, director of the Mass Communication School of Sciences at the University of Costa Rica, Lorna Chacon, communication and marketing manager at Deloitte Liliana Carranza and Cecilia Mora, specialist in social responsibility.
For the investigative report, “Tempisque River, Half a Century of (Almost) Blind Concessions,” The Voice of Guanacaste and The Tico Times teamed up to investigate how the Tempisque had been used, studying the five largest concessions, those that allow a daily use above 500 liters of river water per second. The analysis took into account the information contained in the archives of the Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE) and individual studies.