Help Save A World Heritage Site

$8,485 $16,515
Raised Remaining


Calicanto's mission is to protect the human and architectural heritage of a UNESCO World Heritage site, Casco Viejo. It is the oldest Spanish settlement on the Pacific and one of the world's most architecturally diverse places. The site is currently threatened by a 1970s-style coastal highway around the district, which would destroy its character and cause it to be de-listed by UNESCO. By donating, you will help raise awareness for the threats posed to this important cultural monument.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Our World Heritage Site is under threat from a highway that UNESCO has declared would irreversibly destroy the district's character and local experts have denounced as doing little to solve congestion.

How will this project solve this problem?

An alliance of 15 civic organizations and nearly 30,000 Panamanians have joined together to protect the district, but time is getting short. Preliminary work has already started and the alliance needs resources to build public awareness rapidly.

Potential Long Term Impact

As with the destruction of the Buddhas of Bamiyan in Afghanistan, the Cinta Costera III highway project would leave Panama and the world a poorer place. Moreover, tourism is considered one of Panama's best tools for eliminating poverty (nearly 40% of our population still lives in poverty), and the value of a World Heritage Site in attracting tourists is incalculable.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $8,485

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $8,485 .  The original project funding goal was $25,000.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Project Leader

Hildegard Vasquez

Panama City, Panama

Where is this project located?

Map of Help Save A World Heritage Site