Panama Native Species Restoration
1,408 acres (570 hectares)
Panama -- Provinces of Chiriquí and Veraguas
Rainforest Alliance Evaluation:
Validated conformance with Climate, Community & Biodiversity Standards, Gold Level: February 1, 2007 - January 31, 2012 (RA-VAL-CCB-005691)
This native species reforestation project is being implemented on the pacific coast of Panama. The vast majority of this region's primary and secondary forests were cut down between the 1950's and late 1970's, for subsistence agricultural and pastoral land uses. Using a mix of native species and teak, the project reforests abandoned grasslands that were formerly used for cattle ranching. Some of the project’s innovative environmental management practices include the production of organic fertilizer, the application of integrated pest management techniques and the use of buffer zones to enhance biodiversity. The project also engages with the community by conducting environmental education activities in local schools, hiring only members of surrounding communities and offering employees literacy courses and professional training.