Reforestation with Native Species in the Dry Lands of Panama

Reforestation with Native Species in the Dry Lands of Panama


Natural populations of precious timber species in Panama are being overexploited, and some have been registered in the IUCN Red List in recent years. Within the overall framework of natural resource scarcity and mounting effects of climate change, the need for sustainable production of native trees that offer added values of water cycle regulation, soil improvement, and biodiversity conservation is stressed.

GOALS & Approach

The project  increases biodiversity on farms through reforestation using native species. By raising awareness on environmental issues, building capacity in reforestation techniques, establishment of local nurseries, and actual reforestation activities, the project is implemented in La Toza, Cocle in Panama. It received funding from the Conservation Leadership Program, an international capacity building programme supporting young conservationists, majority of whom are working in their own countries, to undertake applied biodiversity projects in less developed countries. 


The project efforts contributed to restoration of degraded forests/lands, increased biodiversity in tree species in farms, improved environmental services locally, and reduced pressure on natural forests by providing sustainable sources of timber in the long term, while improving the livelihood conditions of the community.


Chízmar, Carla, José De Gracia, and Mauricio Hoyos. n.d. “Reforestation with Native Species in the Dry Lands of Panama.” Final Report, 26.


  • Miambiente, Panama
  • Fundación Cosecha Sostenible
  • Environmental Leadership Training Initiative
  • Ministry of Education of Panama
  • Peace Corp