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The Strengths And Weaknesses of Isla Coiba

Travel & TourismThe implementation of Management Plan for the Coiba National Park (CNP) is a very complex action because it requires the participation of all sectors involved. Within the Board there are some who have a vote, and other who only have a voice, which is why they lose interest in attending the meetings held from time to time in different parts of our country. The Management Plan of the Coiba National Park is the managerial guidance document that includes goals, standards, guidelines, possible uses, actions and strategies to be followed within the protected area, which is a Natural Heritage of Humanity, adopted by UNESCO. The comprehensive planning process developed involved the technical analysis of natural resources, consideration of the management category assigned to the protected area, the potential, and problems encountered with the dynamic participation of different stakeholders.

Gradually implemented - Evidelio Adames, a member of the Board for the University of Panama and on behalf of the Regional University Center of Veraguas (CRUV), considered that the management plan is not implemented ideally, because the biggest obstacle is the lack of resources suitable for operation. The university professor said that thanks to the institutional effort by the PNC, which is very complex, it has the support of the National Environmental Authority (ANAM), Aquatic Resources Authority of Panama (ARAP), Mar Viva Foundation, the University of Panama, the local mayors, the Tourism Authority of Panama (ATP), and lately, the Naval Air Service (Senan), which maintains a naval base that contributes to the safety and security of the protected area, covering 537 km2 of land area and 2,024 km2 of sea surface.

In addition, Senacyt provides resources and equipment for scientific research within this natural jewel on the Veragüense Pacific. Evaluation of the Management Plan will be made in 2014, five years after it has been implemented, to determine its strengths and weaknesses.

Meanwhile, Santiago Rojas, a manager of PNC, said the 37 buoys are to protect the ecosystem to maintain the reefs in the different marine areas, which is why companies involved in the transfer of tourists for diving should moor their boats to these devices and avoid heavy anchors from touching the seabed.

Data -

  • Annually about 7,700 tourists visit Coiba.
  • It is beautiful with pristine beaches, and if anyone dares, there are even nude beaches.
  • It has a naval base that cost nearly $2 million dollars to build.
  • There is water 24 hours a day.
  • There are 37 areas of diving and safety buoys for boats.
  • There are six cabins equipped for 12 people each.
  • There are several routes to reach this natural site: Puerto Mutis, Santa Catalina, Playa Banco, Mariato, and by plane from Santiago and Panamá.
  • The infrastructure dates back 40 years and every day it is deteriorating.
  • There are only eleven park rangers who alternate their shifts every 15 days for the ecological and marine patrol.
  • The park has an annual budget of only $60,000 dollars.
  • Tourists have to land on the beach because there is no dock.
  • The trails are neglected due to lack of maintenance. (Mi Diario)
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