Trash is hitting the road in the remote Darien region of Panama.
Recently, EcoLogic’s Program Officer for Panama, Yaira Allois, was in the Darien continuing to support and aid in the implementation of waste management plans that we helped the communities develop last year. Yaira conducted three workshops for community members with topics ranging from “Solid Waste Management at Home,” to “Crafting with Recycled Materials.”
Our work with these communities also involves promoting reforestation in degraded areas. In support of that effort, the town of Punta Lara is currently in the early stages of constructing a tree nursery. The nursery will house 10,000 seedlings and will be maintained in partnership with the School of Puerto Lara and Panama’s National Environmental Authority.
EcoLogic is working with communities to secure a sustainable, reliable future for their families.
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Fifty families in northern Guatemala, across four communities, have recently received EcoLogic’s fuel-efficient stoves as part of our ongoing conservation efforts in the area. As the number of stove beneficiaries grows – so does the amount of acres reforested, conserved, and protected.
As a stove recipient, families must agree to not only use the stove in an effort to reduce their wood consumption, but to conversely give back to the forest through reforestation and vigilant monitoring against illegal loggers and fires.
Reforestation in the Ixcán Region of El Quiche has included the participation of 146 families. They have attended trainings focused on the preparation of seed mixes and general care for saplings in nurseries.
In Totonicapan, EcoLogic is harnessing the strong sense of community that exists in the beautiful northern Guatemala by coordinating with nearby schools and water committees to forest to keep the momentum moving forward on reforestation efforts. Recently nearly 80,000 plants have been reforested over 71 hectares of forest. EcoLogic has also helped to installed 40 fuel-efficient stoves in Totonicapan to alleviate pressure on the forest for fuel-wood. The news stoves require less wood than traditionally used open-pit fires. The forest is managed by the 48 Cantons, a generations-old and well-respected authority in the community. EcoLogic works with the 48 Cantons to put on educational workshops for youth and reforestation trainings for community volunteers. In recent years, EcoLogic has help build 8 greenhouses in the forest that can hold up to 17,000 saplings each of native tree species. During the rainy season in late summer, EcoLogic, 48 Cantons, and the community come together to transplant the trees to the forest - and conserve the land for future generations.