December 8, 2012
“One of the most important coastal wetlands in the Americas is under threat.”
As of May of this year, Panama is allowing development of the upper bay of Panama.
Before then, in 2005, Panama had declared it as a Ramsar site.
That means Panama publicly acknowledged that Panama Bay is a wetland of international importance.
In 2009, Panama confirmed this by declaring the wetland as a National Protected Area.
Developers have convinced the government to withdraw the wetland’s protected status.
30 species of birds use this wetland on their way south after breeding. In additon, it is important to the life cycle of fish and shell fish and to the ecosystem of the region.
In tandem with that, the government has also relaxed it regulations for mangrove preservation.
“If these wetlands are lost, you break the chain of wetlands shorebirds need for successful migrations”, says Rosabel Miro, Panama Audubon’s executive director.
BirdLife Partner, the Panama Audubon Society, and a coalition of local and international environmental groups including the US National Audubon are taking legal action to restore Panama Bay’s protected status.
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