ADOPTA was created when our founder, Guido Berguido, was trying to save a unique mountain called Cerro Chucantí that was quickly being deforested for lumber and agriculture. With the help of friends and family, Guido bought a 100-acre plot of land near Chucanti’s peak; with the creation of ADOPTA and the help of funders throughout the Americas this protected area has grown to nearly 2,000 acres in size. Today this preserve is protected from poachers and deforestation by rangers that live on the property year-round to patrol the area, as well as Panama’s environmental police force, the governmental environmental organization that enforce wildlife crime laws.
Deforestation is currently one of the largest environmental risks in Panama, and we aim to save areas of high conservation value by purchasing land or placing areas under legal protection. In addition, we have partnered with the Alliance For a Million Hectares in their efforts to reforest one million hectares (2.5 million acres) by 2035. With the alliance, we have been working hard to replant native seedlings in otherwise degraded habitats throughout Panama that not only revive the lost forests but also suppress invasive plants such as Canal Grass, Saccharum spontaneum.
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We’re joining the Alliance For a Million Hectares to restore degraded forest habitat in Panama.