At CIAM, we would like to share fantastic news. In March of 2019, CIAM started a strong advocacy campaign supported by multiple formal petitions to the Panamanian Government and even a draft law to protect Bona Island from an oil terminal development. Why? Because Bona Island is the second largest nesting site for seabirds in the Panamanian Pacific Coast and is surrounded by healthy coral reefs and thriving marine ecosystems.
On December 5th, 2019, all our efforts paid off: the Ministry of Environment formally declared Bona Island a Wildlife Refuge, a title that grants legal protection to the island and marine ecosystems while prohibiting unsustainable development, such as oil terminals and commercial piers.
We thank you for believing and backing our fundraising campaign for Boná Island; we could not have done this without your support. It was our first crowdfunding and we managed to raise $20,000, which is 4 times what we anticipated. Something we truly appreciate.
The results are in favor of biodiversity, ocean conservation, and sustainable development.
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