As part of September XII Month of the Oceans, Wetlands International Panamá coordinated two mangrove and beach clean-ups in the Chiriquí Province.
144 bags of garbage were collected from the sites of Las Lajas and Remedios together with the fishermen cooperative and other community groups and volunteers, local authorities and ministries, including the IKI project partners of MiAmbiente and ARAP and with resources from CI and UNDP. Bringing along some regional journalists, the activities got quite a lot of media coverage. This was already the 25th annual beach, coast and river clean-up at national level, with plastic bottles, foam, boat parts and metal cans being the biggest in numbers. Continue reading (in Spanish)
The activities are part of the Protection of Carbon Pools and Sinks within Wetlands and Protected Areas of Panama project, which is implemented by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the Ministry of Environment of Panamá (MiAmbiente), the Aquatic Resource Authority of Panamá (ARAP) with support from Conservation International and Wetlands International. This project is part of the International Climate Initiative. The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety supports this initiative on the basis of a decision adopted by the German Bundestag.