Former cattle farm in Panama helping to save forests and water through agroforestry

A former cattle farm in Panama, Finca Cuango, is helping restore Panama’s forests through agroforestry, making the soil resilient to erosion and helping it retain scarce water.

The 1,450 hectare property will contribute to a target of one million hectares of degraded land that Panama plans to restore by 2035 through its Allianza por el Millio initiative.

By investing in reforestation and land restoration, Panama’s government hopes to invest in the future of its famous canal too. Climate change and extensive logging have been drying up waterways that feed the Panama Canal.

German green investment company 12Tree Finance bought Finca Cuango in efforts to tackle deforestation and water scarcity.

Through agroforestry, Finca Cuango is now playing its part in reviving the country’s forests and waterways.

At Finca Cuango, Cocoa plants grow in the shade of plantain, almond and cedar trees, while areas of natural forest provide a home for howler monkeys, an array of birds and rare animals like the puma, anteater and ocelot. This mix of natural and cultivated vegetation helps the soil resist erosion and retain water, which in turn helps preserve wetlands and rivers.

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyle including sustainable and green living. She also offers content services to businesses and individuals at Rosamedea.com

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