Panama has lost 55% of its mangroves since 1969

Panama has lost 55% of its mangroves since 1969

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Faced with the destruction that the mangroves of Panama are suffering from the activities of human beings and the importance they represent for the environment, the Center for Environmental Advocacy (CIAM) convened a group of national and foreign activists and experts to analyze the current situation of these resources, the possible impacts that the lack of them could cause and what can be done to mitigate their effects.

This was made known during the workshop seminar: ‘Wetlands of Panama: their importance, the economic valuation of their services for community development and their governance’, organized by CIAM and the Panamanglar network. The event was attended by sociologist Lourdes Lozana, CIAM lawyers Luisa Araúz and Antonio Chang, biologists Yehudi Rodríguez, Marian Trejos, and Mexican José Luis Andrade; as well as the geographer Gustavo Cárdenas, the director of the Espavé de Chame General Basic School and promoter of the ‘Guardians of the Mangroves of Chame’ project, Carmen Aparicio, and the environmental leader Reyna Rodríguez as speakers.

In his dissertation, Dr. Andrade highlighted that the problems that are currently occurring in these ecosystems are due to the exploitation of the resources they provide and it is a fact that can not only be attributed to a single person, but is the responsibility of all (society in general).

He adds that, according to the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment study (2001), in the past 50 years, man has transformed mangroves more rapidly and extensively than in any other comparable time period in human history, largely due to quickly meet growing demands for food, fresh water, wood, fiber and fuel. This has resulted in a considerable and largely irreversible loss of the diversity of life on Earth. 'Actually the situation of natural ecosystems, of mangroves, is very serious. They are all under human pressure. We need to eat and we like it well. We cannot say that it is not our fault because it is, '' said the Mexican biologist.

Regarding the coverage of mangroves in Panama, the biologist Yehudi Rodríguez highlighted that, according to FAO data, they have suffered a very drastic decline in the last 38 years. "55% of the mangrove forests of Panama have been destroyed from 1969 to 2007. Only between 1980 and 2005 80 thousand hectares were lost," said Rodríguez.

He emphasizes that this is due in large part to the fact that they are being converted into highly populated areas and to indiscriminate logging, which results in an ecological imbalance that, however minimal, its price is high. "Its role in the stabilization of the coastline is vital, and although the other benefits they provide should not be denied, considering only its value as a protector of the coastline should be sufficient for its conservation," he said.

"The value of Panama's wetlands and their biodiversity can be highlighted, but there are species that are becoming extinct."

In addition to this, the environmental lawyer Luisa Araúz added that the destruction of this ecosystem is also causing the forced displacement of millions of people who live in areas near the coasts and according to the United Nations (UN) it is a fault to the human rights.

Regarding the ways in which these areas can be recovered and mitigate the effects of the climate due to the lack of mangrove forests, sociologist Lourdes Lozana said that an alternative is reforestation and the sustainable use of the resource.

Likewise, Andrade suggested reporting the events to the authorities and seeking the support and guidance of environmental organizations such as CIAM.

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