Clean Water for Coastal Panama

by EcoLogic Development Fund
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Clean Water for Coastal Panama
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Clean Water for Coastal Panama

Project Report | Jun 30, 2014
Fighting for clean water and a sustainable future

By Gina Rindfleisch | Program Officer for Individual Giving

Fishing the Congo
Fishing the Congo

EcoLogic works in the Gulf of San Miguel region of Panama, located in the southern most Darien Province.  Here, the poor water quality is negatively impacting human and animal life. The central purpose of this project is to protect the aquatic resources of the Gulf of San Miguel, while improving the lives of local people. It is because of the generosity of people like you, who have contributed to our work in Panama, that we have been able to make progress in this extremely remote region. During the past several months, EcoLogic has strengthened its relationship with the communities and begun collaborating with the Group for Environmental Education and Sustainable Management (GEMAS), a non-profit organization that works to protect the natural resources in the Gulf of San Miguel and specializes in sustainable fisheries.

Currently, GEMAS is working with EcoLogic to monitor the amount of fish that is being extracted in the communities of Punta Alegre, Congo River, and La Puntita. We hired a technician who has been monitoring the fishing activities in the area over the past several months and will continue to collect data until December of this year. With this information, we will be better equipped to advise the communities on where to make changes in their fishing practices so that they are fishing in a more sustainable manner. In addition, EcoLogic coordinated four fishing workshops, two in Congo River and two in Punta Alegre. The workshops focused  on "Sustainable Fishing" and "Fishing Gear and Methods," A total of 18 people in Punta Alegre and 12 in Congo River, respectively, participated in the workshops and  the enthusiasm of the fishermen was exceptional.

Thanks to the support of our donors, the communities have reforested eight hectares of degraded watershed and purchased all the materials necessary for the construction of a community nursery in Puerto Lara where 10,000 seedlings were sown. EcoLogic also established four pilot agroforestry plots and conducted additional workshops on topics such as, "The Proper Establishment of Agroforestry Plots" and "How and Why Plant Trees".

This year, with your help, EcoLogic plans to: (a) improve waste management practices and health and sanitation through waste management plans and dry composting latrines, (b) strengthen the protection of local fisheries through facilitating a community-led plan for the development of a protected area, and (c) protect the health of the rivers and watersheds through establishing micro-watershed management plans. 

In these areas of concentration, EcoLogic will implement activities ranging from, but not limited to: leading educational workshops for local communities about waste management, building pilot latrines, and leading meetings with community water boards in the area. 

The issues presented are central to the work in the region carried out by EcoLogic, which empowers the people in the community to be able to sustain themselves in the long-term and grants them access to pure and clean natural resources for years to come. 

 

We thank you for your continued support in this fight for clean water and a sustainable future.

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EcoLogic Development Fund

Location: Cambridge, MA - USA
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Project Leader:
Alexa Piacenza
Program Associate
Cambridge , MA United States

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