Salsano Group Commits $15 Million to Promote Land Conservation in Panama
The Panama-based Salsano Group has announced a commitment totaling $15 million to promote the conservation of natural areas and protect working landscapes in the Republic of Panama.
Panama's tropical habitats are home to some of the most diverse and exotic species of plants and animals on Earth.
Covering almost half the country's land surface are immense tracks of rainforests, mangrove wetlands and mountain cloud forests.
Even the country's cosmopolitan capital of Panama City boasts a forest within its city boundaries -- one of the last tropical dry forests in Central America.
In all, the country houses over 10,444 different types of plant species including 1,200 orchid varieties, 678 fern species and 1,500 varieties of trees. As well as 255 species of mammals and 972 indigenous bird species, according to the National Society for the Protection of Nature, Panama.
The reason for such ecological abundance is the country's prime geographical position. Dividing the Pacific Ocean from the Caribbean Sea, the country serves as a "biological corridor," connecting both North and Central America.
Due to its remote location and lack of infrastructure, areas like Darien at the border with Colombia has remained a haven for countless species, home to jaguars, giant anteaters, harpy eagles and American crocodiles as well as sheltering various tribes of remote indigenous groups.
According to the most recent estimates from the Panamanian government, between 1992 and 2000 Panama was loosing approximately 41,000 hectares of forest per year.
But between 2000 and 2008 they were loosing about 13,600 hectares per year. That cuts the rate by around two thirds, but still there was a considerable net loss of forest of around 451,000 hectares."The conservation of biodiversity is of global importance,Its inherent importance in our lives makes it a priceless asset. Unsustainable development and exploitation of natural resources by humankind are largely to blame for this biodiversity crisis." said Salsano Group president and chairman Sandro Salsano.
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