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Reforestation Initiative

We believe responsible actions are the path for our communal wellbeing. Therefore, we are committed to the conservation of the natural abundance in Piñas Bay by responsibly and sustainably managing deep reaches of the Darien Jungle. After rising from the volcanic seabed approximately 50 million years ago, the Darien Jungle is home to one of the most biodiverse ecosystems of the world. Is by no mistake that native Embera-Wounaan tribes have roamed these areas for thousands of years, searching for food and shelter. During the last century, westernized land tenure structures and cultural mixing has resulted in more highly resource demanding populations settling along the area. Puerto Pinas is one of such places where worlds have collided, and the jungle has paid the price.

Reforestation Project

The Piñas Bay Conservancy (PBC) aims to reduce deforestation pressure on the tropical rainforest by investing in an agricultural educational program that teaches local folk how to: (1) generate organic fertilizer from their waste stream, manage pests and nutrients in an integrated manner utilizing natural controls/sources, and (3) learn to modify their farm/home management to produce vegetables, grains, and protein in proximity.  The program aims to regain damaged ecosystems near the populated center though a permaculture approach to land management in combination with the implementation of agricultural field schools (ECA – Escuelas de Campo Agricultural) where techniques for better crop management and farm design can be imparted.  Permaculture is a method of land management designed to foster the cycling of organics into soils to increase its fertility, thus allowing for its productive utilization near living spaces, eliminating the need to further cut down forests.  Through the agricultural education programs promoted by PBC we aim to achieve a triple bottom-line benefit where residents of Puerto Piñas will gain natural capital and its services (cleaner water and air, more biodiversity), resilient economic empowerment through sustainable food production, and improved social equity. This initiative will allow us to allocate funds to enlarging the village dam, where water shortage is a major problem during the summer months. The dry season in Panama sees no rain for five months – the village dam is the only source of water for the village during this time. Beyond that, we also aim to fund garbage management solutions, a sanitation plan and recycling program – critical for the future health and sustainability of the village.

Donor Support and Impact

Your support will allow us to implement this participatory educational program, contributing towards our goal to end deforestation of primary rainforest. In fact, in the first 3 years we aim to regain degraded land in Puerto PIÑAS and the extended lower Piñas Bay Watershed, permitting the reforestation of approximately 100 ha of previously forested land. Successful implementation of the Agro-Innovation Plan for Puerto Piñas is the spearheading initiative under the Foundation’s objective to sustainably manage the Pinas Bay Watershed. Other overlapping initiatives incorporate entrepreneurship, financial education, science, arts, culture, community organization, and sustainable tourism, all of which aim to empower the identity of the piñeros.


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