Reforestation

One Tree at a Time

Walking on a trail in Panama is a magical experience. The songs and sounds on monkeys, birds, frogs and insects mix in a magnificent serenade as you pass through massive trees in the shade of the forest. The closer you look, the more you see–like a colony of army ants followed by a ground of birds eating the animals scared by the ants. Beautiful flowers, Heliconias , grow in small patches of sunlight, visited by hummingbirds that look like flying jewels. Pieces of fruit fall from the canopy, dropped by a troop of spider monkeys eating them. Maybe a toucan passes through.

But Panama's forests are rapidly disappearing, endangering many species of plants and animals–including us. Even many protected areas have been degraded by the invasion of exotic species and illegal activities.

The Alliance for One Million, an agreement between various governmental and private organizations, was created to address this loss of forests by reforesting a million hectares over 20 years. As a proud member of this alliance, ADOPTA focuses on reforestation of degraded areas in the Camino de Cruzes National Park, our Cerro Chucantí Private Nature Reserve, and other locations in Panama.

Deforestation in Panama

Wood, fire, and cows: all contribute to the loss of forests in Panama, but are fundamental to the local economy. Is there a way to balance the needs of both the environment and people?

 

Deforestation in Panama

Wood, fire, and cows: all contribute to the loss of forests in Panama, but are fundamental to the local economy. Is there a way to balance the needs of both the environment and people?

The Alliance's Mission

To reforest one million hectares of Panama over the next 20 years to protect Panama's forests, contribute to carbon sequestration, establish Panama as a low-carbon country and generate additional benefits for society, the environment and the economy related to healthy forests.

The Alliance's Mission

To reforest one million hectares of Panama over the next 20 years to protect Panama's forests, contribute to carbon sequestration, establish Panama as a low-carbon country and generate additional benefits for society, the environment and the economy related to healthy forests.

Natural Regeneration

Forests have the amazing ability to regrow by themselves! But this process also has helpers, and they could be our most important partners.

 

Natural Regeneration

Forests have the amazing ability to regrow by themselves! But this process also has helpers, and they could be our most important partners.

Our Approach to Reforestation

It takes a lot to recover a forest. The sites need preparation and maintenance, while we have to obtain or grow plants many months before a reforestation event. Fortunately, we have an army of caring volunteers who are always ready to help the forests. The diagram below demonstrates our approach in general, but click here if you want more information.

Obtain Plants
Time to Plant!
Remove Invasive Plants from Reforestation Sites
Care for plants in temporary containers
Prepare Holes for Planting

Our Approach to Reforestation

It takes a lot to recover a forest. The sites need preparation and maintenance, while we have to obtain or grow plants many months before a reforestation event. Fortunately, we have an army of caring volunteers who are always ready to help the forests. The diagram below demonstrates our approach in general, but click here if you want more information.

Obtain Plants
Remove Invasive Plants from Reforestation Sites
Care for plants in temporary containers
Prepare Holes for Planting
Time to Plant!