Photo courtesy of World Wildlife Fund © Zig Koch

Protecting the multitude of species and variety of forests in the Chocó-Darién, one of the most biodiverse regions in the world stretching from Eastern Panama to Northwestern Ecuador, will require effective landscape management of the region’s watersheds, according to a report by the World Wildlife Fund. The MacArthur-commissioned report finds that addressing the threats and drivers of biodiversity loss in this ecoregion is important in order to mitigate the impacts of climate change and preserve the lives and traditions of indigenous communities. The report analyzes national development plans and infrastructure projects, and examines the extent of deforestation and extractive mining projects throughout the region. The findings helped inform MacArthur’s selection of priority watersheds in the region on which to focus its grantmaking. 

Conservation & Sustainable Development, Conservation, Latin America, Research