Our Approach

Panama is so diverse that no single approach to conservation could possibly be adequate. The environmental diversity poses an obvious problem: methods to protect birds have to be different than to protect frogs, for example. But the diversity of Panama's human populations is also impressive, and every community has different needs. The environment is a major source of income for Panamanians, mostly via timber and agriculture, so for many it is unclear why we need environmental protections. However, without the support of neighboring communities conservation efforts are doomed to fail. If we want to protect Panama's environment, we have to balance the needs of human communities with those of the environment, which we do by using four different approaches: