Environmental

LaEstrella: Great article about PNO concerns over Progress vs Environment of Panama

Development and environmental protection: a political dilemma The Government is promoting two road projects that have resulted in the destruction of forested areas and the questioning has come to the fore. There are those who consider it inevitable. Others, which is part of the inconsistencies in government policy     ALWAYS THERE …

Agriculture

More shameful expansion as PANAMA environment is prostituted yet again. Camino de Cruces threatened

The Camino de Cruces National Park, in the village of Ancón, has more than 4 thousand hectares of primary forests, which over time have been disappearing to make way for construction projects not only private, but also state. Its creation dates back to 1992 and constitutes one of the basic …

Bocas del Toro

Titling issues coming back into light. Indigenous Panamanians tired of being used by elite? More coming

Members of the National Coordination of Indigenous Peoples of Panama protested, on Thursday morning, at the entrance of the Ministry of Environment, in Albrook. This, they said, to show their rejection of the lack of attention from this institution, in their demands for collective land titling. Marcelo Guerra, one of …

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Updated Endangered Species list released: What is affected in Panama?

by James “JB” Bryson One source of passion and interest in my life has always come from a keen involvement and knowledge of what is happening around me. If you read PNO.com often, you will find that politics provide me with serious interest. However what affects me the most is …

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BURNS MY ASS!!! So where is Emilio Sempris??? AGAIN, as mining threatens National Park in Colon’.

by James “JB” Bryson On PNO.com we have already expanded and commented on the recent logging issues and back handed concessions given by the person assigned to PROTECT the environment of Panama. Yet as I type, more activity is occurring dangerously and ominously close to protected hectares in Colon’, that …

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Sudden statement from Darien collective REEKS of BRIBES and PAYOFFS

by James “JB” Bryson For the last few weeks I have given personal attention to the uproar over the logging expansion that has occurred in the Darien region and so close to areas that are fully protected as a National Park and part of the beauty of Panama. A “legal …

Environmental

And then we have this ASSHOLE!! Here’s your Minister of the Environment.

Despite the questioning of the deputies, the environment minister, Emilio Sempris , yesterday defended the environmental impact study (EIA) category 1 for the rehabilitation and maintenance of an airstrip in the Coiba National Park , in the province of Veraguas . Members of the Coiba Council request greater transparency Oenegés …

Environmental

How is Climate change affecting the Canal?

In the last 32 years (1985-2017), the temperature in the water basin of the Panama Canal increased by an average of 0.5 degrees centigrade. It is a climatic variation that alerts the Panama Canal Authority (ACP), taking into account that the result of this change translates into a “water deficit” …

Environmental

Analysis of air quality requested for Valle de Tonosi.

The members of the Frente Tonosieño against Pollution asked the Ministries of Health, Agricultural Development and Environment for an analysis of water, soil and air in the region of Valle de Tonosí, in the province of Los Santos. Tonosí producers are unhappy by decree prohibiting aerial spraying The request of …

Environmental

THIRD UPDATE: La Prensa coverage of Darien environmental crisis

Only 9 inspectors have the Ministry of Environment in their regional Darien to monitor more than 115 thousand hectares under forest management in the area, so indigenous loggers denounce the lack of supervision. Environment approves logging of endangered trees Tala takes protected area in Darién The cutting permits are given …

Agriculture

LOGGING Update: Sincerely hope all of Panama reject logging in Darien!!

OP ED: James “JB” Bryson I encourage people visiting PNO.com to keep a keen eye on this story that La Prensa has been running. Part of the beauty of Panama is the indigenous flora and fauna that make the environment unique. Cutting and logging in the buffer zone of Darien …

Environmental

Money and Greed WIN as Ministry of Environment= (Assholes) approves logging of endangered trees

James “J.B” Bryson- Always a great day when we see more and more short sighted people taking away the beauty of Panama for greed and money. Read Attached.   In the Darien forests, some 9,000 cubic meters of wood of species in danger of extinction were cut between 2017 and …

Environmental

11 Hectares illegally removed with no sanctions to date

The Ministry of the Environment (Mi Ambiente) , in the province of Los Santos, confirmed on Wednesday June 6 that there is still no sanction for cutting down 11 hectares of mangroves in the Pacific coastal area, in the village of Santa Ana. For more than two months, residents of …

Environmental

UNESCO involved in dispute over use of Coiba National Park

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) has requested the suspension of the land use plan of the Coiba National Park, which was approved on January 3. Unesco’s request is in a preliminary report in which it asks to evaluate the possible negative impacts of the plan on …

Agriculture

$52.2 Million Bond started for Latin America Environmental progress

The Development Bank of Latin America (CAF) announced the placement of the first green bond for an amount of $ 52.2 million, to finance various projects with high environmental and social impact in the region. The financing, which will be for a term of ten years and a coupon of …

Energy/Infrastructure

AdaptAmericas in Panama leads forum on climate change

The consequences of climate change have given rise to initiatives that turn situations of risk into opportunities in areas such as transport, water management and construction. In Canada, for example, the Pievc Protocol has been extended, which estimates infraestrategy vulnerability to environmental threats. It is a decision-making tool that assesses …

Environmental

Blooming of Latin American tree a wonderful sight in Panama.

The Tabebuia Chrysantha or guayacán, one of the most beautiful trees in the tropics, extends its presence from Mexico through Central America to the territories of Colombia and Venezuela. Its majesty is common and abundant in Panamanian forests. A strong trunk tree, compact, straight, cylindrical and approximately 60 centimeters in diameter. It …

Environmental

5.2 magnitude quake rattles Mexico City

An earthquake of magnitude 5.2 caused the earthquake warning to sound in Mexico City today, with no reports of casualties or property damage. The quake occurred at 09:20 local time (14.20 GMT) with origin 24 kilometers southwest of Arcelia, in the southern state of Guerrero, according to the National Seismological Service, …

Agriculture

Insect that ravages coffee harvest may have hope to being mitigated

When the rainy season begins, the insect of the coffee borer takes advantage to attack. The Hypotenemus hampei , also known as coffee borer, punches the mature grain and severely damages the quality and flavor of the product. Its effect is so devastating, that it reduces coffee production by 50% …

Energy/Infrastructure

Floods cause Colombia evacuations

Nearly 600 farmers had to be evacuated in northwestern Colombia because of the violent flooding of the river that feeds the Ituango hydroelectric project, the largest built in the country, authorities said Sunday. The inhabitants of the town of Puerto Valdivia are in shelters enabled in the urban area after …

Environmental

Coiba National Park subject of new expedition

Matthieu Leray floats on a coral reef near a remote chain of islands in the Panamanian Pacific. You can not see humpback whales, whale sharks or, to your relief, huge American crocodiles in nearby mangroves. But once he brings some bags of water from the reef to the laboratory, he will be …