The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) recently conducted a survey of over 1,600 species across a region that included the Gulf of California and the coasts of Panama and Costa Rica. The results, released a little over a month ago, were shocking — they found 197 species could be categorized as “threatened” (this status encompasses the classifications of “critically endangered,” “endangered,” and “vulnerable”).
The study’s staggering results have been a hot topic in the news and something that hits very close to home with us – in an emotional as well as geographical sense.
According to The Guardian, the IUCN reports that all five species of marine turtle are in one of these threatened categories, and many habitat-producing species such as mangroves, seagrasses, and reef-building corals are in danger as well.
The loss of life runs the gamut of creatures — from the largest to the smallest. On Isla Palenque we are privileged to host this entire spectrum of wild nature. We take tremendous pride in stewarding our large mangrove expanse that stretches across our lagoons and waterways, and are committed to taking the proper steps for visitors to Isla Palenque to witness their majestic coves for generations to come. We cherish the island’s rocky outcroppings, unblemished beaches, and volcanic bluffs, and treasure all of our on-island creatures, and have committed to low-impact building that will allow them to remain.
Oftentimes, developers earn a bad reputation for being disrespectful to the land they’re building on, to the point that the word “developer” makes some people cringe.
But from the very beginning, Amble Resorts’ founder and president Ben Loomis has said that Isla Palenque is our greatest resource, which is why we’re doing everything we can to keep it pristine. From LEED building standards, to community initiatives, our daily approach focuses on having a positive impact in the Gulf of Chiriquí. We are constantly looking for ways to improve upon our building process and bring awareness to the gorgeous flora and fauna that needs to be protected in our little-known area. Isla Palenque is just one sparkling gem in the amazing treasure-trove of islands in the Gulf, but it’s the gem that we have the opportunity to share in a responsible way.
Upon visiting the island, a writer at Boquete Guide noted that “The idea of preserving a mostly undamaged island in the Gulf of is exciting to me. This island is mostly forest, not pasture and keeping 95% of it pristine is a worthwhile goal.” Our thoughts exactly!
We’re not the only ones who take our mission seriously!
Here are some of our favorite conservation resources in Panama:
- Panama Amphibian Rescue Center
- Liquid Jungle Lab
- The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
- Team Snake Panama
Just this past month a top-notch crew of Smithsonian scientists, Panamanian government officials, and even a representative from Google set out on “Mission Blue” to further explore the ocean ecosystems of Panama’s Pacific waters near Coiba Island, located just a few hours away from Isla Palenque by boat.
According to Jenifer Austin Foulkes, Oceans Program Manager at Google, “Coiba Island provides a key ecological link to the Tropical Eastern Pacific for the transit and survival of pelagic fish and marine mammals.”
The mission seeks to bring conservation awareness to this vital link, supporting the research community working in Coiba Smithsonian Tropical Research in their efforts to explore and document their findings, and producing gorgeous photographs and even adding footage and educational stories to the Google Earth Explore the Ocean layer.
We’re excited to follow the coverage and learn more about the amazing creatures that are our neighbors!