Bay of Panama Threatened by Weakened Protection Status

By July 10, 2012Archive, Panama

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The Bay of Panama lies in the shadow of Panama City’s imposing skyline, but remains one of Central America’s little known treasures, providing habitat for nearly two million migratory shorebirds. Designated a Ramsar wetland in 2003, the area encompasses an enormous expanse of mangroves and mudflats that provide food and cover for a fantastic variety of shorebirds, many of which fly as many as 20,000 miles roundtrip from pole to pole during their migration. The significance of the Upper Bay’s habitat led the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Network (WHSRN) to declare the Bay Central America’s most important site due to the astounding number of migratory shorebirds that rely on its ecosystems.

Recently, the area has been left vulnerable by a supreme court ruling that lessened the wetland protective status of the Bay. CAVU’s partners, Panama Audubon and Fundación MarViva along with other NGO’s in Panama are working to challenge this directive and suspend the ruling.

CAVU remains committed to saving the Bay of Panama and continues to support the work of Panama Audubon in its efforts to protect this internationally important resource.