A pink trumpet tree, known in Panama as roble, is one of the species being planted in this project. Credit: Forest & Kim Starr, Starr Environmental

Project Name:
Reforestation of Degraded Zones in Rural Communities

Location:
Coclé Province, Panama

Key Activities:

  • Planting 20,000 trees across 79 acres
  • Reforesting degraded farmlands 
  • Restoring riparian zones and abandoned lands
  •  Providing workshops on sustainable agriculture for the local community


Project Description:
American Forests and Sustainable Harvest International, Panama, are reforesting 79 acres of land with 20,000 native hardwood trees to reclaim lands degraded for agricultural use.

Why This Project:
The project marks the first time that American Forests has planted trees in Panama. Slash-and-burn agriculture and resource extraction have devastated much of the landscape in the Coclé region. Since the 1940s, more than 50 percent of Panama’s tree cover has been destroyed.

By working with farmers to identify vulnerable ecological areas and planting hardwood trees on degraded lands, this project is helping to improve the state of Panama’s natural ecosystem. This project is also enhancing and stabilizing the region’s biodiversity and wildlife populations and protecting the region’s soil. 

Why Panama:
On the border between North and South America, the narrow country of Panama connects the two continents and acts as a passageway for wildlife and people moving from one region to the other. Panama’s diverse wildlife is unmatched anywhere else in Central America, and its rainforest is the second largest in the western hemisphere next to Brazil’s Amazon rainforest.


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