Unique, All-Taxa Survey in Costa Rica "Self-Destructs"

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Science  09 May 1997:
Vol. 276, Issue 5314, pp. 893
DOI: 10.1126/science.276.5314.893

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President Bill Clinton's visit this past week to Costa Rica has thrown a spotlight on this small Central American country, which has been hailed as a model for how poorer nations can develop sustainably. But off the front pages, many scientists are lamenting the demise of a $90 million project that would have cataloged every single species in a Costa Rican conservation area. According to officials, the project was canceled because it seemed to benefit science more than the Costa Rican people. But other factors may also have played a role.