Conservation of water resources and biodiversity in the Chagres National Park in the Panama Canal Watershed, benefiting the communities of Quebrada Ancha and San Vicente de la Tranquilla
The communities that benefit from the first project of this Fund currently have environmental problems that have a negative impact on water resources. These environmental problems range from the fragility of the drinking water supply and sanitation systems, to the lack of health education in the population (deficiency in the management of solid waste, in the disposal of its wastewater, weak or collapsed sanitation systems, lack of water supply to meet domestic needs, etc.).
The project consists of carrying out environmental sanitation activities framed in the protection of water sources as well as in the reduction of surface and underground water contamination by contact with domestic wastewater and household solid waste in the lake communities of Quebrada Ancha and San Vicente de la Tranquilla, located on the shore of Lake Alhajuela, in the Panama Canal Watershed.
As eligibility criteria for choosing the beneficiary communities, selection aspects based on similar conditions of water supply and environmental sanitation in both communities and their accessibility were considered. The poor sanitary conditions in which the villagers find themselves as well as the difficulties they are having regarding the access to a water supply due to the bad conditions in which the rural aqueducts are.
The inhabitants of the communities of San Vicente de la Tranquilla and Quebrada Ancha will benefit from the execution of the project in the following aspects:
The development and implementation of the project in the Chagres National Park has been aimed at achieving the conservation of water resources and the support of economic alternatives that are being developed to avoid pressure on natural resources and the deterioration of water resources.
The project has a component of Volunteering that we are starting at the moment, with the elaboration of a seedbed for the production of 1000 seedlings of native species that will be planted in June by the same volunteers with the community's support.
The ACP-NATURA-BANISTMO Fund was established through the Cooperation Framework Agreement for the Development of the Program for the Conservation of Water Resources and Biodiversity in Communities Located in the Panama Canal Watershed, signed on November 18, 2013.
This alliance seeks to respond to the management initiated by the Panama Canal Authority, which promotes the implementation of the Sustainable Development and Integrated Management of Water Resources of the Panama Canal Watershed Plan. It was aimed to have the program's actions framed with the objectives of the Management Plan and the Conservation Plan of the Chagres National Park, of the sustainable development objectives established in the Plan, in addition to the programs contemplated in the Strategic Plan of Fundación NATURA and the strategies established with the different strategic partners that participate in the integrated management of the PCRB, especially in the Chagres-Alhajuela Region.
PCA-NATURA-BANISTMO Fund Objectives
Promote permissible collaboration in projects or programs for the conservation of water resources and biodiversity in communities located in the PCRB, through the implementation of sanitary solutions and the training of the indicated communities for the proper use of water resources, with emphasis on: