Esmeralda Arce Arias, was co–founder and president of the NGO “American Association for Economy, Health and the Environment“, ACEPESA.
Since its ACEPESA and in partnership with other local, national and international sectors directed and orient their social vision programs for local development and specifically for the sustainable management of solid waste, ecological sanitation, rural tourism and management electronic waste, among others.
Since the beginning of the 90s, promoted organizational processes of micro, small and medium tourism business in Costa Rica and other countries in the region until Irlo becoming what is now known as rural tourism, always in alliance with sectors governmental and nongovernmental organizations. He was a strong advocate of converting Central America into a single tourist destination, by promoting economic and social development of urban, rural communities, indigenous groups and African descent.
He was a pioneer in promoting the national and Central area rural community tourism, obtaining the support of other sectors it was officially recognized by the Instituto Costarricense de Turismo, ICT, as the IV tourism product for the international promotion and recently declared useful public to the state. Continued until his last days developing an intense promotion of rural tourism in Central America.
Undoubtedly, Esmeralda contributed in the fight to eradicate gender discrimination, injustice and social inequalities, as well as in the protection and conservation of the environment. His memory is an example in these times of intense participation of society in democratic processes in the country.
Esmeralda knew how to live with great enthusiasm and human in the light of its values and ideals warmth, which always directed their personal and professional decisions.
He died on February 12, 2007 in a car accident on his way to meet his work with rural communities.