Good conservation does not come from buying land and telling people, "Hands off". It is vital that local communities affected by conservation actions have a voice in these projects, and understand their importance. Without community buy-in, conservation projects are likely to fail in the long term; therefore, we try to include an aspect of outreach in every conservation effort by hosting and attending community events, reaching out to local schools, and employing local workers for maintenance and construction work.
"Community" has many meanings, however. Although we generally focus on local communities within our projects, Panamá is ecologically important to the entirety of the Americas. By protecting our habitats and wildlife, we also are protecting resources we share with all of the Americas. With this in mind, ADOPTA also partners with other organizations within the conservation community for different aspects of our work. For more information, check out our Current Projects or Contact Us.