This Project Restores a Natural Balance to the Panama Canal.
The Panama Canal Watershed (PCW) has served as crucial ecological and social endeavor in Panama. Currently, more than 2 million people (approximately 54% of the population of Panama) get their water from the PCW.
Biodiversity in the area
25 species of protected birds
30 endangered species of wild mammals
112 reptiles species
Before the program, the PCW area was covered by invasive, non-native species, which largely degraded the environmental condition and resiliency of the Watershed, including threats to the local plants and wildlife.
In order to solve the problem of spreading alien species, as well as to contribute to the mitigation of climate change effects, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) developed this Sustainable Forest Cover Establishment Carbon Offset Project in 20XX. Now, the Panama Canal Watershed is budding with increased biodiversity, a more stable ecological environment, and a variety of budding socio-economic opportunities for those communities living within the watershed, and who make their livelihoods from the watershed.
This Project tells a story on sustainable management in the Panama Canal Watershed, the vital link to the functioning of the Panama Canal and its role in world trade. Active participation in local communities has also improved the quality of life for small subsistence farmers. The project provides sustainable means of production and other environmental and social co-benefits to the Watershed, such as:
- Strengthening and participation of local organizations.
- Soil and water resource protection through the establishment and increase of vegetation cover in degraded areas.
- Increasing income in local communities. The project impacts not only the participants but also local communities that provide seedlings and labour during reforestation activities.
- Silvopastoral and agroforestry projects improve the productivity of crops in the area.
- Increased wildlife protection and biodiversity conservation areas are linked to growing ecotourism activities.
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