The Rio Times

Int'l - Panama creates a large reserve that raises its protected marine waters to 30%

With the expansion, Panama adds 50,518.84 square kilometers to the Coiba protected area, bringing the total to 98,228.25 square kilometers of marine protected areas throughout the country, said the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI).

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Panama created on Tuesday a Pacific reserve of more than 67,000 square kilometers, almost the size of the country, raising to 30% the protection of its marine areas and becoming the second Latin American nation to achieve it within the framework of the 30X30 Initiative of the UN.

Panama has 75,517 square kilometers, and the so-called Cordillera de Coiba Managed Resources Area (ARMCC), located in the eastern Pacific, has 67,908.98 square kilometers protected.

This Tuesday, World Oceans Day, Panamanian President Laurentino Cortizo signed an executive decree that “extends the limits of the Cordillera de Coiba Managed Resources Area”, in addition to establishing provisions “to protect the country’s natural heritage”.

The decree “contains the regulations that achieve the goal of protecting 30% of Panama’s marine jurisdiction, Chile and Panama being the only countries” in Latin America to achieve this goal, declared the Minister of Environment, Milciades Concepción.

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