Environmentally Friendly Panama

The president of Panama has signed a bill to protect the wetlands just outside the nations capital.  “The wetlands are a key stopover and wintering area for migratory shorebirds in the Western Hemisphere.”  The bill protecting the wetlands will stop construction on and near them and bans logging in the wetlands.  “55% of [the mangrove forests] were lost between 1969 and 2007, according to United Nations figures.”  The wetlands are an important stopping point for shorebirds, but it has also become “home to anteaters, Central American tapirs and loggerhead turtles.”  In short, the wetlands are home to a large and diverse population of wildlife.  Human expansion has threatened the wetlands in the past few years, but this new bill aims to stop expansion into the wetlands.




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