Analysis: The Isthmus Of Panama

1315 Words6 Pages
The Isthmus of Panama is a natural bridge that connects North and South America. Prior to the emergence of this nation, North and South America were two separate landmasses, but afterwards, when the isthmus emerged, it became a huge migration bridge for many species. Millions of birds pass through the isthmus every year on the annual migration. Other animals are spreading north or south through Panama, often due to changes caused by humans. This process allows Panama to be an incredible hub of biodiversity. Before we analyze more amazing traits of Panama, let us take a closer look at what the term Biodiversity really refers to. Biodiversity is made up of all the vast variety of living organisms and biological systems found on Earth, and is…show more content…
Panama has all the elements necessary to design a national strategy on reducing deforestation and forest degradation, conserving forest resources, and sustainably managing forests. Since 2011, for example, the Panama Canal Authority has been executing a reforestation program, including ecological financial incentives for communities, aimed at promoting the proper management of natural resources. A positive trend towards the recovery of woodlands and towards improving the living conditions for all the populations that live in the Panama Canal watershed areas, has been…show more content…
In the isthmus, as in different areas, amphibian populations have endured tremendous decay, even to the point that some species have probably disappeared from the wild, because of the development of a fungal disease known as chytridiomycosis. This is an infectious disease that affects amphibians worldwide. It is caused by the chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis), a fungus capable of causing sporadic deaths in some amphibian populations and 100 percent mortality in others. The Chytrid fungus is killing the Panamanian golden frog, a national symbol of good luck, almost to the point that this species is among the ones in grave danger of extinction (Aldred). In order to address the fast decline of the amphibian populations due to this fungus, two successful initiatives have been implemented towards the recovery of these populations, resulting in the creation of the El Valle Amphibian Conservation Center and the Amphibian Rescue Center (Aldred). Panama trusts that these models can be replicated worldwide in order to deal with this huge risk. Conservation plans have been developed for other threatened species, such as the Harpy Eagle (Harpia harpyja, Linnaeus) and jaguar (Panthera onca,

More about Analysis: The Isthmus Of Panama

Open Document