Bringing Clean Water to Coastal Panama

Feb 27, 2014

Meet Eric and Manuel


In the Gulf of San Miguel, located on the Pacific coast of Panama's remote Darien region, this naturally rich and diverse landscape features mangrove forests, flowing rivers, and abundant wildlife—and is called home by many indigenous cultures.

It is hard to believe that even with this wealth of natural resources and beauty, Darien is one of the poorest regions in Panama.

For Eric and Manuel, two fishermen from the Congo River community in San Miguel, fishing is how they sustain themselves and their families. Their story however, is one of daily struggle. Fish and marine life are in decline because of environmental degradation and contamination from raw sewage. 

Panama may seem far from where you live, but it’s actually just a short distance in the work of sustaining our planet and its people.

The mangroves of the Gulf of San Miguel provide protection from storm surges, high winds, erosion, and marine pollution. These trees also serve as critical habitat to a wide diversity of fish, crab, and shrimp on which local people depend for food and their economy.

Plus, the mangroves of San Miguel are important habitat for many species that we in the US also know and appreciate including birds, and sea turtles that migrate between the two countries.

In the Gulf, EcoLogic is not only working to protect Eric and Manuel’s livelihood, and the livelihoods of many other people and communities in the region, but also to strengthen the connection we have to each other.

With your support EcoLogic is:

Training leaders and members of the consolidated fishing organization to increase the scope and use of sustainable fishing practices and generate more income for its members.

Improve waste management in coastal communities and strengthen local capacity for the conservation of water resources. Identify and restore watersheds and other critical habitat.

Participate in a formal request to the national government to declare a protected area in the Gulf of San Miguel, bringing needed support and protection to the area.

With your help, EcoLogic is working to make connections between water, land, and people, but it is you who make these connections possible and we thank you for your commitment.


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Project Leader

Gina Rindfleisch

Cambridge, MA United States

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Map of Bringing Clean Water to Coastal Panama