Animals  Panama Project #32512

Support Riparian Reforestation with Azuero Farmers

by Azuero Earth Project


As we celebrate the Global Day of Forests this month, the Azuero Earth Project invites you to help expand our efforts to restore stream-side tropical dry forest habitat in Azuero. Last year we planted 5000 trees with 7 local cattle ranchers. This year the demand from landowners for reforestation partnerships is even greater. Riparian reforestation creates habitat for monkeys & other wildlife, connects existing forest, & enhances farm sustainability. Help make the 2018 planting season a success!

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Panama's Azuero peninsula is a degraded agricultural landscape that is only 7% forested. Globally, less than 2% of dry forest remains. Extreme forest fragmentation endangers our endemic wildlife through habitat loss & reduces the productivity of local farmland. Climate change already affects Azuero's wildlife & communities through intensifying sporadic weather patterns & producing increasingly harsh dry seasons. Increasing tree cover will help local communities mitigate & adapt to these changes.


Your donation funds planting of native and fruit trees along streams on farms within AEP's prioritized corridor area. Together with farmers, AEP is connecting remnant patches of riparian habitat and ensuring long-term farm resiliency. Each planted parcel has 5+ years of monitoring/ chemical-free follow-up & a commitment to replacement planting within the 1st year. Donations also support our March 21st event to connect the Azuero reforestation community & enhance our 2018 coordination.

Long-Term Impact

This project restores habitat in 8 communities along an ecological corridor (80 km long; 393+ properties). Trees planted in 2018 will benefit 7+ farming families, their larger communities, and many riparian-dependent wildlife species such as the critically-endangered Azuero spider monkey. Our March 21st event enhances 2018 collaboration among 100+ reforesters & their organizations, supporting Panama's capacity to meet its national goal to restore 1 million hectares in 20 years.

Additional Documentation

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


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Organization Information

Azuero Earth Project

Location: East Hampton, NY - USA
Website: https:/​/​
Project Leader:
Ruth Metzel
East Hampton, NY United States
$700 raised of $10,000 goal
2 donations
$9,300 to go
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