Links related to Panama presented in somewhat random fashion
Entrevistamos a Ecocircuitos Panama – @TurismoFAADA @EcoCircuitos1
GO Local in Panama: A visit to the Fish Market
Frank Gehry’s First Latin American Project To Debut In Panama – Forbes
Bio-Prospecting with Sloths in Panama
The situation of indigenous peoples in Panama – @Jim_Anaya
Spanish Language Schools
Buena Vida Language School is a total-immersion Spanish and culture experience located on the beautiful pacific coast of Panama. Our courses are tailorable to every student’s needs, and we also arrange homestays and a variety of adventure tours.
Habla Ya – If you are serious about learning Spanish and want to have the time of your life then come to Habla Ya Panama Spanish School and live the most amazing Spanish learning experience!
http://www.orgullo.com.pa – @OrgulloPanama
The Threat to Casco Viejo and What You Can Do to Help
Panamanian Historical Preservation Groups Correct Government Delegation’s Mis-Statements at 36th Session of World Heritage Committee
Fortifications on the Caribbean Side of Panama: Portobelo-San Lorenzo
Panamanian fortifications inscribed on List of World Heritage in Danger
News from 2012 World Heritage Meeting: Environmental factors, lack of maintenance and uncontrollable urban developments have been cited as reasons to inscribe the Fortifications on the Caribbean Side of Panama: Portobelo-San Lorenzo on UNESCO’s List of World Heritage in Danger. The site, comprising a group of fortifications, is a magnificent example of 17th- and 18th-century military architecture built on Panama’s Caribbean coast to protect transatlantic trade. The Committee considered that the site, inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1980, is deteriorating at a rate which could undermine the outstanding universal value for which it was inscribed. For more than a decade, the Committee has been asking for measures to preserve the site. During the 2012 session it emphasized the call for Panama to undertake a risk assessment for structure in the site and reinforce the walls, batteries and platforms of the forts.Other measures requested included the development of a comprehensive conservation plan and an end to urban encroachment on the property. There was concern for the absence of funding to protect the site.
Bocas Research Station
More about Panama
The country boasts cloud forest, rain forest, white-sand beaches, coral reefs and breathtaking landscapes for adventure. The famous engineering masterpiece, the Panama Canal, stretches 80 kilometers from south to north. The Isthmus of Panama offers a combination of cultural heritage, biodiversity, national parks and the amenities of a modern cosmopolitan city.
Richard Arghiris: I would like to share some news regarding the plight of several indigenous Ngabe and campesino communities who are under extreme threat from illegal dam development out here in Panama.
In less than two months, the 28.85 megawatt Barro Blanco hydroelectric dam will cut off the flow of the Tabasara river and create a 258 hectare reservoir, flooding numerous homes, precious gallery forests, schools, churches, cemeteries, archaeological sites, and fertile agricultural land that the communities rely upon for subsistence agriculture – these facts have been confirmed by a recent UN field study. The dam will also exterminate vital fish species which form a staple of local diets.
The company responsible for the dam, Genisa, denies it is taking food out of the mouths of Panama’s poorest people, yet it has never consulted any of the affected communities. As such, the project contravenes international and national laws.
Despite striking omissions in the project’s environmental impact assessment, the Panamanian government continues to side with the company and are currently militarising the area with heavily armed SENAFRONT police troops. Recent clashes with riot squads have left some Ngabe protesters with injuries and the situation remains tense. We are concerned about the on-going safety of the Ngabe as they appear to be willing to sacrifice their own lives to prevent the completion of this project.
The emberás are one of Panama’s seven indigenous groups living in independent administrative regions called comarcas.
Endemic Birds of Panama:
- Brown-backed Dove
- Azuero Parakeet
- Veraguan Mango
- Escudo Hummingbird
- Glow-throated Hummingbird
- Stripe-cheeked Woodpecker
- Coiba Spinetail
- Beautiful Treerunner
- Yellow-green Tyrannulet
- Pirre Bush-tanager
- Green-naped Tanager
- Yellow-green Finch
Veraguas Province – Wikipedia
Four tectonic plates are involved, and all of them are colliding in Panama. Starting around 10 million years ago, the isthmus of Panama began to form, and researchers are finding that the tiny country is one of the most geologically complex places on earth, part Caribbean, part North American, part a tiny piece from an island in the middle of the Pacific, part a tiny piece from an island arc.
IPAT – Instituto Panameo de Turismo
Panama Ecotourism – PANNET
Destination Panama – LP
Panama Travel Reports – LP
Central America Discussion – LP
APTSO- Asociación Panameña de Turismo Sostenible (www.aptso.org)
Panama – Weather Underground
Emberra – Native Planet
History of Panama