MISSION


Preserve ecosystems through the integrated management of watersheds and marine-coastal areas, through the management of resources that contribute to the fulfillment of national policies and international agreements


VISION


Fundación Natura is recognized as a resource manager, who leads and innovates in the conservation and sustainable management of ecosystems and their biodiversity in watersheds and prioritized coastal marine areas


OUR VALUE


We manage resources to provide participatory and innovative solutions to environmental problems


ETHICS CODE


Organizations play an important role in society, as change agents, promoters of initiatives and enterprises that face challenges in the search for the public good, through alternatives to environmental, social and economic problems. Although the organizations' work is recognized, it's necessary to provide the frameworks and conditions that strengthen internal and external trust and credibility


QUALITY POLICY


We are a foundation that is committed to the conservation and protection of nature and the sustainable development of Panama, which guarantees the donors and the environmental society that there will be an adequate use of resources and a timely and efficient development of projects; thanks to the suppliers' collaboration and our collaborators' capacity.

We are identified with the continuous improvement of what we do

PRINCIPLES

Gender equality

Efficiency and effectiveness

Transparency

Quality

VALUES

Responsability

Solidarity

Tolerance

Belonging sense

 

HISTORY


Fundación Natura, is a non-profit organization legally established on March 28, 1991, in order to promote plans and programs for the protection and conservation of Panama's natural heritage. To this end, it administers funds dedicated to the execution of these plans and programs, with which it directly supports environmental initiatives of non-governmental organizations, educational entities and community groups, as well as activities of the Protected Areas National System administered by the Ministry of Environment. A solid trajectory has been drawn in the management of projects and the management of environmental funds, destined to contribute to the restoration of ecosystems and the management of key areas for their water resources and biodiversity, such as watersheds and protected areas.

Since 1995 Natura is the trustee of the Ecological Trust of Panama (FIDECO) and is responsible for its Grant Program, which is implemented through two programs, the Program of In-kind Donations to Protected Areas, and the Donations Program to the NGO and related, within which the Capacity Building Program of NGOs and related organizations is executed. The FIDECO Fund has been the central axis of the environmental management of Natura, allowing the development of transformative processes and learning that have added value to the actions of other entities in the country.

In 28 years, FIDECO Fund has financed more than 300 projects, benefiting more than 60,000 people directly, with an investment of about 45 million dollars, in actions carried out in the 10 provinces, in 10 of the 52 country watershed and 36 protected areas, contributing resources to conservation and sustainable development projects in the main Panama´s watershed (Panama Canal Watershed, Santa María, La Villa and Chiriqui Viejo) and in coastal and marine areas (Gulf of Chiriquí and San Miguel). FIDECO fund is a consolidated fund that continues to contribute permanently and continuously resources to environmental conservation in Panama. Thanks to this fund, it has been possible to mobilize other sources of resources and establish alliances with national and international organizations.

Since 2003, Natura manages Panama´s debt for nature swaps, one for the Chagres National Park and the other for the Darien National Park, both funds created under the Tropical Forests Conservation Law of the United States of America.

In various fund management schemes, we have worked with international organizations, bilateral and multilateral organizations, such as the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Inter-American Foundation (FIA), the Andean Development Corporation (CAF) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), among others.

With our Green Coalitions program we support, in partnership with the private sector, environmental initiatives thanks to allies and strategic partners, who from civil society organizations, communities, government institutions, companies with Corporate Social Responsability and cooperation organizations, contribute and add up to a common goal of promoting concrete actions of sustainable development and conservation.

The institutional discipline to follow the path outlined allowed the transition of Natura towards the consolidation of technical administrative processes, diversify and increase sources of financing, optimize operational efficiency and strengthen technical capabilities. This is how Natura was accredited as the National Implementing Agency of the Adaptation Fund, followed in 2017 by the certification in 9 processes with the ISO 9001: 2008 standard and obtaining in April 2018 the certification of the ISO 9001: 2015 standard, positioning it as the only Panamanian environmental NGO certified to date.

Trustees

Lisandro Madrid

President


Panamanian Institute of Architecture and Urbanism

Patricio Bosquez

Vice president


National Economists Association

Carlos Vargas

Treasurer


Panama Canal Authority

Juan Maté

Secretary


Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

Chris Lam Giner

Panamanian Institute of Architecture and Urbanism


Alternate

Juan Pablo Ordoñez

National Economists Association


Alternate

Tomás Fernández

Panama Canal Authority


Alternate

Rodrigo Ramírez-Blázquez

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute


Head

Emilio Sempris

Ministry of Environment


Head

Jorge Arosemena

City of knowledge


Head

Diego Dipieri

National Association of Reforesters and Allies


Head

Arq. Carla López Abello

Panamanian Association of Business Executives


Head

Lorenzo Hincapié

Executive Branch of the government


Head
 

Yamil Sánchez

Ministry of Environment


Alternate

Marissa Vallarino

National Association of Reforesters and Allies


Alternate

Juan Moreno

City of knowledge


Alternate

Eduardo Reyes

Panamanian Association of Business Executives


Alternate
 

Technical Committee

Elio Álvarez


Dionisio Batista


Miguel Flores


Carlos Gómez


Maribel Gordón


Francisco Herrera


Blas Morán


Dario Tovar


Alexis Baúles
Mireya Correa
Nilce de cerezo
Sayda Grimaldo
Irving Díaz
Marilyn Diéguez
José A. Espino

Raúl Fletcher
Mahabir Gupta
Blanca de Hernández
Roberto Ibañez
Nidia Morales
Diniz Ramos Mendoza

Team