Fundacion Natura - Panama

NATURA Foundation has been working through the Ecological Trust Fund of Panama (FIDECO, by its acronym in Spanish), supporting local communities' initiatives in the Panama Canal Watershed, to promote conservation of biodiversity and sustainable use of natural resources, improving as well life quality for these communities. The FIDECO Fund was established in Panama, with USAID as a principal donor, and also contributions from The Nature Conservancy, that is also the Trustee, and the Government of Panama, that is the Trustor. NATURA Fundation is responsible for the administration of a Grant Program to support environmental initiatives of qualified entities, as entitled by the respective agree...
Nov 12, 2014

Climate change adaptation-Panama rural livelihoods

Fundación Natura has made progress in the implementation of all proposed activities, since the project was created in Global Giving site in 2012. During 2014 a participatory process was developed directed to build a Conservation Plan Area (PAC) in Gallito micro-watershed, one of the tributaries of Santa María Basin. This process was accompanied by an environmental education project, with the recognition of environmental goods and services in the area and local communities and key stakeholders participation. In August, these two projects were completed providing the guidelines to implement conservation strategies established in the PCA.

Last October a new project entitled "Implementation of measures for the conservation and protection of environmental goods and services in Gallito micro-watershed", which comprises 5,340 acres was granted. This project will be developed and implemented comprehensive management plans 10 farms in the upper and middle sections of the watershed and will design, distribute and implement technical guidance for monitoring those plans executed. Additionally, a training plan will be carrying out for residents, workers and families participating in the project. The whole experience will be systematize let us to share the experience developed.

Jul 11, 2014

Climate change adaptation-Panama rural livelihoods

Our work is permanent and committed. We continue supporting several initiatives directed to promote and contribute with the sustainable development and natural resources conservation in key watersheds, taking into account the climate change effects, which are modifying the rain cycle affecting agricultural production, access to water, exacerbating land degradation and lots of biodiversity reducing the environmental services they provide to local communities.

During 2014 Natura has follow processes in prioritized areas, such as: Panama Canal Watershed (Cirí Grande y Trinidad Subwatershed), Chiriquí Viejo and Santa María Watersheds, through our partners to develop conservation site plans in Caisan Subwatershed and environmental education actions, specifically in Caisan Microwatershed (Chiriquí Viejo), and in Gallito Mircrowatershed (Located in Bulaba, Santa María Watershed). Both processes are participatory and involve local communities and other key stakeholders, identifying and threats for ecosystems. On June, the site plans was finished and alternatives to manage and reduce some of the environmental impacts and pressures are identify and ready to begin the development of specific actions on the field. At the end of 2014, at least 2 new projects will begin in those watersheds to attend degraded soils and restoration jointly with the community.

Natura Foundation maintain its effort to support technically and financially on-going projects in sensitive areas, during the first semester we follow up 16 projects providing: maintenance for 100 hectares reforested in Santa María watershed, reforested and giving maintenance to 170 hectares in the Panama Canal Watershed, and improving life quality in rural families with the construction of 100 ecological stoves in Ciri Grande and Trinidad, Panama Canal Watershed. During this semester 4 projects are finishing.

¡Your support is important! Each contribution is valuable for us, and will help to restore ecosystems that provide healthy environment and services for our communities and biodiversity.

Mar 10, 2014

Climate change adaptation-Panama rural livelihoods

Soil conservation with community and local NGO.
Soil conservation with community and local NGO.

Natura Foundation committed with its mission on conservation and sustainable development, continue supporting several initiatives to address climate change effects, some of them are directed to technological and agriculture alternatives for climate change adaptation, reforestation and restoration of degraded areas, including establishment of gallery forest (which are forests that form as corridors along rivers into landscapes that are otherwise degraded affecting water quality and quantity, among biodiversity lost, reducing the environmental services they provide to local communities), maintenance of reforested plots, among others.

During 2013 Natura works in prioritized areas, such as: Pananama Canal Watershed (Cirí Grande y Trinidad Subwatershed), Chiriquí Viejo and Santa María Watersheds, to begin through our partners the development of conservation site plans in Caisan Subwatershed, specifically in Caisan Microwatershed (Chiriquí Viejo), and in Gallito Mircrowatershed (Located in Bulaba, Santa María Watershed), these initiatives are facilitating participatory processes with local communities and other key stakeholders, with whom is working to identify major pressures for ecosystems and also alternatives to manage and reduce environmental impacts and pressures. These processes will be finished on mid 2014.  Complementing are two other projects in progress directed to develop environmental education activities in the same watersheds.  At the end of 2013, 7 new projects begun, including projects to reforest degraded soils (eg. conservation and protection of riparian forests of Quebrada Honda subwatershed, located in Ciri Grande to reforest 40 hectares and provide maintenance to another 40 hectares).

Natura continues supporting technically and financially 18 on-going projects in rural communities in sensitive areas, providing: maintenance for 100 hectares reforested in Santa María watershed, reforested and giving maintenance to 170 hectares in the Panama Canal Watershed, and improving life quality in rural families with the construction of 100 ecological stoves in Ciri Grande and Trinidad, Panama Canal Watershed. During 2013, 7 of these projects finished.

Our work and commitment is permanent, and your support is important for us. Each contribution received helps us to carry out our work to provide healthy environment for our communities and our ecosystems and its biodiversity.

Stakeholders meeting as part process. Sta Maria W.
Stakeholders meeting as part process. Sta Maria W.
Preparation of reforestation plots. PCW.
Preparation of reforestation plots. PCW.
Stove used by community during volunteer activity.
Stove used by community during volunteer activity.

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