Our Approach

Panama is such a diverse country that any single approach to conservation would be hopelessly inadequate. When focusing on the environment this makes intuitive sense—birds are very different from salamanders and will require different conservation methods, for example—but the diversity of Panama’s human communities is also a significant factor. If local communities are not invested in nature, protection efforts are likely to fail long-term. In fact, this has already been proven true: although Panama’s government has improved logging regulations in recent years, illegal logging continues even inside the borders of some national parks. To balance these different needs, and save Panama’s unique biodiversity in the long-term, we approach conservation in four ways: