The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)

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Key partners

Costa Rican Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers

Ministry of Culture and Youth

Ministry of Environment and Energy

Ministry of Public Works and Transportation

National Council of Roads (CONAVI)

National Institute for Women

Since 2014, UNOPS has supported the Government of Costa Rica and other national entities in a variety of projects throughout the country.

With a focus on sustainability, our team implements water and sanitation projects and a diverse range of infrastructure projects including, among others, bridges and road construction.

Through our work, we support our partners in the identification and management of risks; strengthen national and institutional capacity; and systematically apply gender perspectives and human rights in our projects.

Key Information

  • UNOPS impact in Costa Rica

    • Helped create the first digital platform that provides information on water resources.
    • Revised and optimized overpass designs at the Social Security Roundabout, located in the Metropolitan Area in the province of San José, creating a savings of approximately $9.5 million.
    • Constructed bridges, including the binational bridge connecting Costa Rica and Panama, and a bridge over the Virilla River in Lindora.

  • 2.08%
    Annual freshwater withdrawals
    Annual freshwater withdrawals, total (% of internal resources)

    Annual freshwater withdrawals refer to total water withdrawals, not counting evaporation losses from storage basins. Withdrawals also include water from desalination plants in countries where they are a significant source. Withdrawals can exceed 100 percent of total renewable resources where extraction from nonrenewable aquifers or desalination plants is considerable or where there is significant water reuse. Withdrawals for agriculture and industry are total withdrawals for irrigation and livestock production and for direct industrial use (including withdrawals for cooling thermoelectric plants). Withdrawals for domestic uses include drinking water, municipal use or supply, and use for public services, commercial establishments, and homes. Data are for the most recent year available for 1987-2002.

    Source: (2014)

  • Flag CR Contact Details

    UNOPS Costa Rica

    Oficentro la Virgen #2, Torre 8, Piso 5

    Pavas, San José

    Costa Rica

    Tel: +506 4081 0040


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