Panama’s President Prevents Construction on Wetlands

Posted by Mike Confino, February 14, 2015

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The President of Panama, Juan Carlos Varela signed a bill Monday that banned construction on a 210,000-acre stretch of the wetlands along the Bay of Panama. The law also prohibits logging, the removal of soil, and any other activity that may adversely affect the mangrove swamps, according to the BBC.

According to ABC, the area, located outside of Panama City, is a refuge for some 1 million North American shorebirds who pause there during their migratory path, as well as 30 percent of the world’s Western Sandpiper population. The wetlands are also home to anteaters, Central American tapirs, and loggerhead turtles.

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