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Invitation To Take Care Of The Ocean

Environmental IssuesOn the occasion of the celebration of World Ocean Day, Zuleika Pinzón, MarViva national director, said people should visit the beaches and reflect on its importance.

Since 2009, the General Assembly of the United Nations commemorates June 8th as the World Ocean Day.

In this framework, Pinzón urged the public to take care of the sea and not to throw objects like plastic because marine species think they can feed on it and ingest it as if it were food, causing death.

She added, people should be responsible consumers and not eat baby fish. She also said it is important when you go to the supermarket, to use reusable bags, to recycle and prevent waste cartridges.

According to Pinzón, it is advisable to not consume endangered species. In Panama some endangered marine species are the Cambombia, hammer fish and the Goliath grouper fish.

Similarly, the director of MarViva recommended not to buy species protected by law, such as sea turtles, billfish, whale sharks, the cambute and sea cucumbers.

According to Pinzón, the sea in Panama was fairly clean, however, she addressed the issue of illegal fishing, claiming it should be avoided entirely. 'The penalties for this practice are $ 1,500 for disrespecting the laws which prohibit these acts' she said.

According to statistics from the organization of Ocean Conservancy, the objects which invade the sea most are cigarette butts (2.1 million kilos), food wrappers (1.1 million kilos), and plastic bottles (1 million kilos). (Siglo)

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The National Assembly Approves Project Allowing The Construction Of Solar Plants

Environmental IssuesThe National Assembly approved on second reading the Bill 605 on Friday, which establishes the incentives regime for the promotion of the construction, operation and maintenance of solar power plants to continue with the process of diversification of the energy matrix in the country, so the country does not exclusively depend on thermal and hydro generation.

This initiative contributes in the reduction of petroleum consumption, ensures the availability and sustainable energy supply, meets the long-term energy demand in the country, brings together other strata of the population that currently don’t have access to commercial energy sources and promotes the development of renewable sources and diversifies the country's energy matrix.

The Republic of Panama, for being a country close to the equator, it has solar radiation levels that favor its use throughout the country. This effect allows the use of renewable energy sources more efficiently, including industrial and commercial heating processes that usually make use of traditional fossil fuels, thereby reducing the flight of capital. (Estrella)

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Residents Of Herrera Ask Land To Be Included As A Protected Area

Environmental IssuesResidents of the village of Potuga, in the province of Herrera, requested about 300 acres of land, destroyed by a forest fire last March, to be included as a protected area, to prevent this type of devastation from happening again.

Manuel Saavedra, industry representative, said the ecological and economic damage caused to the affected lands has not yet been repaired, due to the first heavy rain in the region

"We asked the National Environmental Authority (ANAM) to include the region as a protected area, in order to punish the unscrupulous hunters, who threaten the home to hundreds of species of plants and animals," said the mayor.

Silvano Vergara, Anam administrator, said the record of the fire is under investigation by the Environmental Crimes Prosecutor. (Dia A Dia)

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Rain Will Keep Falling

Environmental IssuesThe rain which has occurred throughout the recent days across the country, will continue without specific time.

According to the Hydrometeorological Management Electricity Transmission Company (ETESA), the country is filled with cloudy skies, creating a weak light rain over the province of Bocas del Toro, Chiriquí, the Santos, Veraguas and Ngäbe-Bugle.

While the north of the gulf of Los Mosquitos and south of the gulf of Panama, there will be heavy storms in state of dissipation.

Heavy downpours in the country have caused landslides and flooding in Colón, Changuinola and the capital city, causing material losses in some homes built in flood prone areas, joined by trash which cause clogging in rivers and streams. (Siglo)

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Deputy Minister Of Environment Of Nicaragua Congratulates Panama For Its Sanitation Program

Environmental IssuesThe deputy minister of environment of Nicaragua, Roberto Arquistain, congratulated the Government of Panama, for the progress it has made ​​in the sanitation of the country.

Arguistain's comments were given in the context of the third international conference on sanitation Latinosan 2013, an event which ends today, Friday 31 May 2013, with the signing of a statement from Panama.

The sanitation project presented for the Bay of Panama is 88% completed. (Panama America)

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Wind Turbines For The First Wind Farm in Penonome Arrived Today

Environmental IssuesThe first parts for the Wind Farm in Penonome arrived today at the Cristobal port in Colon.

The first wind turbines were built by the Chinese Wind company Goldwind.

The Wind Farm, with an investment of 440 million dollars, will start operating by the end of 2013, and will generate 220 megawatts, which will provide among the 6% or 7% of energy consumed by the country, according to the executive of the Spanish company.

The introduction of the wind energy will allow Panama to reduce its reliance in fossil fuels, prevent the emission of 450 thousand tons of carbon and eliminate the emission of 1,000 tons of nitrogen oxide and 500 tons of sulfur dioxide.

The Wind Farm of Penonome will be the first in Panama and the largest in Central America, and it is expected to start operating by December 2013. (TVN)

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Authorities Evaluate Damage Done By Rain

Environmental IssuesAn assessment of the damage caused by the rain will be conducted, which affected about 9 houses in the community of La Respresa in San Cristóbal in the province of Colón, in which three people were rescued, including a child of less than six months of age.

Bad weather could be the result of the passage of the first tropical storm named Barbara which stays on Mexican and Guatemalan territory in the Pacific and is located on the convergence zone in the country, according to the director of the National Civil Protection System, Arturo Alvarado.

He said other homes in the area of ​​Alcalde Díaz, were also affected due to strong rain.

Rains are expected to continue which made the official call out to the people to take safety measures. (Panama America)

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Houses Destroyed In Colón And A Missing Child

Environmental IssuesReports indicate, due to a landslide in the province of Colon, several houses were destroyed and buried, there has even been an announcement of a missing child.

They also report heavy rain in Sabanita in Colón, accompanied by strong winds and a thunderstorm.

Pictures of the incident are being posted through the social networks, showing flooded streets and destroyed houses.

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People In Juan Díaz Live With Sewage Water

Environmental IssuesResidents of the community of Concepción La Vieja, in Juan Díaz, came to protest today because the sewage system collapsed, causing sewage water to overflow throughout the neighborhood.

According to residents, the damage has been there for more than a month and they have had to live with sewage water in the bathrooms of their homes, in church, playgrounds, even in the classroom .

The protesters warned if they fail to obtain an effective response from the Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers (IDAAN), they will proceed to close the main road and access to the Corredor Sur. (Mi Diario)

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Cleansing Operation In Pedregal

Environmental IssuesA large amount of trash was collected in the village of Pedregal, where city officials made ​​a call to the director of the Authority of Urban Household.

In this operation they used various garbage trucks and backhoes.

The representative of Pedregal, Oscar Coronado, called the Cleaning Authority for the collection of garbage in the area to be daily and not every three days as they were currently doing, and he asked them to avoid the accumulation of garbage. (TVN)

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Reservoir Levels Are Slightly Rising

Environmental IssuesThe river flow is still low and the rain which has been falling for the last couple of days have been unable to make the Chagres River levels rise, and in a journey of the DIAaDIA team did, They observed the level of water has not risen significantly.

However, according to the website of the Electricity Transmission Company SA (Etesa), scattered showers were expected today in the morning, thunderstorms with rain in the afternoon and cloudy skies in the evening hours with the possibility of rain.

Cesar Osorio, chief Etesa forecast, said the same thing, adding there could be a variation in the climatic conditions in which there could be more rain than expected.

Which he considered beneficial for both to the increased level of the Chagres River and for the reservoir levels to continue rising and to leave behind the issue of the lack of water and energy crisis which hit the country for two weeks.

Meanwhile, reservoir levels are maintained to date in 1016.690 meters above sea level for the hydroelectric plant La Fortuna, Bayano with 52.641 m and Changuinola with 154.820 m, representing a slight increase compared to the levels seen last week. (Dia A Dia)

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Many Protected Areas in Panama Don't Have A Management Plan

Environmental IssuesFew protected areas in Panama have a management plan to ensure their protection and sustainable use of natural resources.

Data from the National Environmental Authority (ANAM) show that the country has 105 protected areas and only 23 of them have their respective management plan.

These reserves represent 40% of the country, i.e. 3 million 578 thousand 479 hectares that must be preserved.

One of the clear examples of this situation is the province of Los Santos. Of the 14 protected areas established in the area, only one has a management plan to establish guidelines for its use.

The former head of ANAM Legal Department, Harley Mitchell, explained one of the reasons for the delay in the formulation of these plans is its price. "The cheapest management plan costs around $60 thousand," he said.

This year, the Executive Branche reduced ANAM’s budget, compared to the one they had in 2012. Last year they had $40 million assigned and in 2013 they only got $30 million. Almost everything went towards their operation.

Jose Polanco, from the National Association for the Conservation of Nature, said the management plan is important because it gives the guidelines for the proper use of the areas. (Prensa)

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First Wind Farm in Panama

Environmental IssuesBy September, Panama will start using wind power when the first phase of the wind farm in Cocle starts operating.

According to the director of the Panamanian Wind Union, Rafael Perez Pires, the first power generators arrived in Panama a few weeks ago and they are waiting for the port in Colon to be unoccupied to unload them and move them to the province of Cocle.

He said that so far, the construction of the park is going according to plan and they are expecting it to be completed before July of 2014.

He said they will have to test the generators to ensure they are working properly before they start producing energy. (Dia A Dia)

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Operation To Get Rid Of Sewage Water In El Chorrillo

Environmental IssuesThe Institute of Aqueducts and Sewage Systems in conjunction with the Mayor of Panama, make a sewage water operation.

Abilio Pittí, metropolitan director of the IDAAN, said in this sector, using two systems, the rainwater and sewage, in which all sorts of trash can be found, causing the procedure to collapse.

He said for this operation, there are four Vactor trucks (a mobile suction tank which can carry 3250 liters of sewage water and 750 liters drinking water). (Panama America)

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SENAFRONT Performs A Clean Up Operation In Amador

Environmental IssuesA total of 50 units of the State Border Service, yesterday conducted a cleanup in the area of ​​the Calzada de Amador (Causeway), starting from the Museum of Biodiversity. These same units cleaned up green areas and collected garbage around the area.

SENAFRONT aims to create awareness in society of the importance of keeping the country clean and not to throw garbage, to avoid, at this time, to avoid the rain from flooding areas, especially places visited daily by both Panamanians and foreigners.

They will continue doing this activity for each Panamanian to be aware of the importance of keeping our country clean and to prevent floods which occur due to the amount of trash deposited in the rivers, beaches and communities living near the areas, declared the General Director, Frank Alexis Abrego. (Critica)

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Collection Of Garbage Needs To Be Improved

Environmental IssuesThe mayor of the district of San Miguelito, Héctor Carrasquilla said , the frequency of garbage collection in this area is not constant, a situation which should improve.

He therefore asked the company Revisalud to "do as they're supposed to" and provide better services.

According to Carrasquilla, the complaints of the residents are persistent and "rats and mice are everywhere when there is accumulation of trash."

However, he said peopl should not only concentrate on the negative side, since he considers the company as "responsible and serious" and he hoped to correct the situation as soon as possible. (Panama America)

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Reservoirs Are No Longer In Critical State

Environmental IssuesVicente Prescott, National Secretary of Energy, said the rain which has fallen in recent days has helped but it still does not have a direct effect on the hydroelectric reservoirs.

Prescott explained last week on Monday, rain fell in Fortuna, but not any other days. In Bayano the situation has been different and it still needs to be stabilized.

The National Secretary of Energy called out to continue with the use of resources efficiently and to continue contributions based on the energy saving operation which has helped out a lot. (Critica)

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Equipment Given To Help The 45 Families Affected By Floods In Colón

Environmental IssuesThe Ministry of Housing and Land (Miviot), moved to the province of Colón to perform a preliminary report of the effects caused by flooding in the area.

According to the institution, this situation is about 45 families in the communities of Costa Arriba, Costa Abajo and Cativá.

The 178 people left without homes, received furniture, cleaning kits and mattresses.

Housing Minister, Yasmina Pimentel, called on communities to not litter in streams and rivers, because "it is what largely triggers overflows" (Panama America)

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Artifacts To Cool Down Your Home

Environmental IssuesPanama, a tropical country used to copying many things from other countries, has not turned its sight to Cartagena, where authorities are using crowns or wind fans to cool their homes.

The wind fan is placed on the roof in order to help fight the heat that overwhelms the city.

The idea came from Pablo Obregon, president of the foundation Mario Santo Domingo, who saw the efficiency of the similar equipment used in industries in Barranquilla to decontaminate chemicals in their warehouses. The antler movement is produced by the wind merged with the hot air from the ceiling, making the cold wind prevail.

The wind ventilation system, besides being an energy saver, allows to cool domestic and working environments.

The engineer Manlio Pezzano Molina, manager of the company ‘Tecnología de Enlace’, pioneer of this system in the Caribbean side of Colombia, says it has many advantages; besides the fact that it does not consume energy.

This is not an air conditioner, said Pezzano. The purpose is to try to equalize the internal temperature to the external temperature in the shade.

In Panama, the current construction parameters are not at all beneficial for the current energy crisis in the country. Few windows are installed with inappropriate sizes which prevent good air circulation and the entrance of natural light, structures with low ceilings that accumulate heat and other features that require the use of air conditioners.

The Panamanian Chamber of Construction (CAPAC) has already addressed this matter recently at the CAPAC Technology Event of 2013. (Critica)

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Waste Gains Value

Environmental IssuesPlastic bottles shaped as flowers, flower vases made of cardboard, keychains made with can openers and motorcycles made from newspapers were some of the articles made by a group of students of the Jose Antonio Remon Cantera School, with materials that at first glance will look like rubbish to anyone.

These crafts were exhibited at the recycling fair organized by the Authority of Urban and Household Sanitation (AAUD) at the school, in commemoration of the International Recycling Day, celebrated yesterday.

In the event hundreds of students from the day shift of the school received speeches aimed for the implementation of the three 'R' (reduce, recycle and reuse) and the environmental protection awareness.

Moreover, several institutions attended this activity, such as the Panama Canal Authority (ACP), the National Environmental Authority (ANAM), the Ministry of Education, and through pamphlets and educational information, they were showing the importance of waste management to hundreds of students.

The coordinator of the environmental education of the AAUD, Elsi Gonzalez said the entity carries out a program in schools of the city, in order to teach students how to make crafts out of cardboard, paper, metal and plastic, so the landfill in Patacon receives only organic material. (Siglo)

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Smog affecting lack of rain

Environmental IssuesSmog along the Pan American Highway In David, Chiriqui affecting warm air from reaching Pacific ocean to form rain clouds.

My hat goes off to President Martinelli for the infrastructure he is developing to attract industry that will give jobs to all those school children you see waiting on buses.

Panama now has a water emergency. It also has a lot of smog between the mountains and the ocean along the Pan American Highway do to the lack of smog control on the vehicles that are creating it. The smog does not allow all the warm air to get to the ocean to mix with the cold water and form rain clouds that come ashore and give us the much needed rain Panama needs.

It is time for the Government to make laws to require vehicles to have catalytic converters and mufflers that are factory equipment. The glass pack mufflers are loud and contribute to pollution. The Boquete buses are some of the worst offenders.

Five years ago you could see Boca Grande and the Islands and water as you drove down from Boquete. Now they are hardly visible. It will only get worse as time goes by.

If those laws are on the books they need to be enforced. If emission control laws are not passed and enforced Panama will look like Mexico City which has a worse smog problem than Los Angeles, which has less smog since they made laws to control emissions from vehicles.

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128 Cows Dead Because Of Drought

Environmental IssuesFarmers have reported to the Ministry of Agricultural Development (MIDA) the death of 128 cattle in Macaracas, province of Los Santos.

However, there are some farmers who have not reported any official information about the death of cattle because of the draught. This is the group which have informed to several different medias about the death of these cattle.

Jorge Castro, head of the Mida agency in Macaracas, said the official amount of carcasses of dead cattle which were reported are 128 in total, although there are farmers with large herds which haven't reported any losses.

He added the losses of cattle with low weight due to the drought, are incalculable, since all the cows in this season have lost about 250 pounds.

The officer said the cattle will regain their weight and strength but it will be a long and slow process.

It will take the cows at least four months to recover the weight, and will cost at least $ 175 per cow. (Prensa)

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Lake Bayano Reservoir Keeps Lowering

Environmental IssuesThe reservoir of Lake Bayano continues to lower and we were yesterday, 8 May 2013, only 1.90 meters to reach the minimum threshold.

Yesterday, at 11:40 am, it was at 51.90 meters above sea level and the minimum operating level is 50.00 meters.

According to ETESA, the driest year in recorded history of Lake Bayano was on 28 April 1983, in which the lowest level was 50.70 meters.

The effects of the lack of rain plaguing East Panama and other areas start to show the damages.

Low levels have brought their consequences: drought, low river flows, afected planting and harvesting and even aquatic species have appeared dead at the scene. (MiDiario)

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Drought Causes The Death Of 26 Cows

Environmental IssuesMore than 26 dead cows were reported by the Ministry of Agricultural Development (MIDA) in the province of Coclé, because of the drought and food shortages in parts of the province, especially Aguadulce and Natá, which are near the dry arch.

Javier Miranda, MIDA livestock manager, announced they are taking measures to support farmers with food as silos, balers and vitamins to avoid more deaths of these cattle, this support is being provided to farmers who have been affected by the drought.

Ricardo Herrera, president of the Anagan in Coclé, said farmers are worried and say this should have been done long before emergency declaration and the MIDA should support farmers facing droughts a lot more. (Dia A Dia)

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Fortuna and Bayano Lakes May Take 3 To 4 Months To Stabilize

Environmental IssuesIt would take around three to four months for the lakes in Fortuna an Bayano to return to their appropriate levels, this is due to the extended dry season in the country at this time, said the engineer Eberto Anguizola, water matters specialist.

Anguizola said that the climate change variation has resulted in the situation we are experiencing right now.

"We are going through a climate anomaly," said Anguizola, he also argued the lake levels in Bayano and Fortuna register low rainfall between March and April of this year, as it happened in 1994, 1997 and 1998.

According to the specialist, the hydrographic basins must be improved, as well as the agricultural frontiers, one of the consequences greatly affecting production, especially in Chiriqui.

Massive deforestation of primary forests in the province of Darien is another factor directly affecting this problem, also in the areas of the Panama Canal watershed, great damage is being caused, because out of the 35 thousand hectares in Bayano, a large amount of land is being affected.

"Rivers and lakes levels continue to decrease, they are reaching their minimum levels which is very dangerous," he said.

This will be a year of energy saving, according to Anguizola, as controlled blackouts may be applied as one of the measures.

He explained it is expected to rain before June 15, which will regulate the situation. (Panama America)

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Mangrove Urban Park Bay Project is Approved

Environmental IssuesThe Cabinet Council gave its approval to the Non-Reimbursable Technical Cooperation Agreement with the CAF to start the Mangrove Urban Park project in Panama Bay.

Mangroves in the city of Panama are marine-coastal wetlands internationally recognized since 2005 with the highest designation bestowed by the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network (WHSRN), "Site of Hemispheric Importance". These ecosystems receive between 1 and 2 million birds each year during continental migration from North to South. In 2003 they were designated as "RAMSAR site" due to the value of these wetlands.

The "Panama Bay Wetland" features environmental conditions and exceptional scenic beauty, acting also as a buffer zone and coastal protection of the city itself and for all the biodiversity found in the area.

As part of the city cleansing, the Mangrove Urban Park of the Bay was conceived, and since the beginning it counts with the participation of authorities, companies and social organizations. This project is an initiative part of the sustainability vision of the corresponding investment to the Panama Bay and Panama City Sanitation Program, since the Wastewater Treatment Plant is separated from the shore by only a small portion of this mangrove. (Estrella)

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ASEP Guides The Population On Electricity Saving Measures

Environmental IssuesTaking into account the Government's call to urge people to limit the use of electricity, the National Authority of Public Services (ASEP) conducted this Tuesday, May 7 a leafleting with educational information guiding consumers and clients on the importance of this measure.

The leafleting was conducted on Calle 50, Via España and Fernandez De Cordoba. The flyer gives several recommendations: the usage of energy saving light bulbs, unplugging cell phone chargers, sound equipment (televisions, DVD's, etc), turn off computers and monitors when they are not being used, among others.

Through Executive Decree 298 of May 2, 2013 "which adopts energy saving measures in the central government offices, autonomous, semi autonomous and municipal institutions" the Government ordered all government agencies to turn on the air conditioners one hour after the beginning of the workday and to turn them off two hours before the end of the workday, in order to reduce the electricity demand.

This measure was taken due to the low water levels in the Bayano and Fortuna reservoirs. It also seeks to save between 5 and 7% of energy, and it orders all of the government institution to turn off their signs at the end of the workday.

The climate change recorded in the region has direct effects on the temperature and there has been a decrease in rainfall, which affects the hydroelectric plants in the country because they need certain levels of water to efficiently generate electricity.

As planned by the ASEP, the leafleting will continue on other avenues and streets of the city of Panama in order to gain the support of the population to achieve the necessary adjustments that will ensure the energy supply to all the productive sectors of the country. (Estrella)

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SINAPROC Believes is Not Necessary To Use Money From FAP Towards Drought Emergency

Environmental IssuesThe director of the National Civil Protection System, Arturo Alvarado, said it is not necessary to use the resources from the Panama Savings Fund (FAP) to address a possible drought emergency.

Alvarado said the Ministry of Agriculture has the resources to meet an emergency drought so it would not be necessary to use money from the FAP; however, since this emergency could expand to Cocle, Chiriqui and Panama, as well as to the “arco seco”, this might be a possibility.

The SINAPROC delivered last week to the Minister of MIDA, Oscar Osorio, the letter requesting the closure of the 2012 drought emergency and the opening of the new statement of 2013.

Alvarado expects this petition to be examined Tuesday morning by the Cabinet Council.

In the drought emergency of 2012, 325,000 dollars were allocated for the purchase of food, supplies and wells, and drinking troughs for animals. The lack of rain affected very specific areas in the province of Los Santos: La Villa, Guararé, Macaracas, El Cedro and Corozal.

The new aid is aimed to help farmers who have a total of 50 cattle, said Alvarado.(TVN News)

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Environmentalists Demand Awareness Of The Panamanian Wetlands

Environmental IssuesSince 7:00 am. today, a group of environmentalists held a peaceful demonstration at the output of the Corredor Sur, in the neighborhood of Don Bosco, in Juan Díaz, to raise awareness in the recovery effort of mangroves.

This is due to the devastation of the wetlands and mangrove areas in this sector.

During the demonstration, trees will be planted in this area close to the Panamanian Bay, according to Raisa Banfield, director of Sustainable Panama, who yesterday had room courtesy of the Municipal Council of Panama, where he made a series of complaints.

The lack of action to protect mangroves and wetlands found in the village of Juan Díaz was one of the complaints of Banfield, who attended the meeting of the Local Government with representatives of three environmental organizations.

Roxana Méndez, mayor of the capital district, when questioned, said the council will suspend the projects developed on the wetlands, according to Decree No. 2339 of 13 June 2012, which prohibits earthmoving constructions, fillings or construction within the wetland area which forms the Panamanian Bay. (Siglo)

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Energy Secretary Considering Alternatives To Energy Rationing

Environmental IssuesThe National Energy Secretariat is analyzing energy saving measures to be taken due to the critical state of the water levels in the Bayano and Fortuna reservoirs, which generate 52.76% of the country's energy.

According to the National Secretary of Energy, Vincent Prescott, the institution will decide what to do concerning energy rationing for the whole country within five days.

During an interview yesterday on Telemetro, Prescott explained they will analyze the situation with all the involved parties before making a decision.

According to him, among the first choices they will take as the government, is the regulation of the use of air conditioners to lower the maximum energy demands during peak hours, so the lakes (Bayano and Fortuna) can generate the necessary amount of energy, until the rainy season starts.

Shortening or modifying the work schedules of government employees is also among the alternatives being discussed.

The National Secretary of Energy is concerned because both the Bayano and Fortuna reservoirs are now very close to their lowest levels ever recorded.

According to the website of the Empresa de Transmisión Eléctrica (ETESA), yesterday, the water level of Bayano at 6:15 p.m. was 52.971 meters above sea level, very close to the minimum level which is 50 meters above sea level. Meanwhile, the reading for Fortuna at 6:25 p.m. recorded 1007.090 meters above the sea. Also very close to the minimum level.

RAIN IN TWO WEEKS

The forecasts from the Bureau of Meteorology of ETESA indicate the rainy season in Panama will begin in the next two weeks.

Jesus Salazar, a meteorologist in the institution, said they predict it will rain in four days, close to the reservoirs of Bayano, in the district of Chepo and Fortuna, in Chiriqui.

A power rationing would affect production in the construction sector, said Gaston Regis yesterday, a member of the Panamanian Chamber of Construction, who said the measure would delay the projects, which would involve an increase in costs.

(El Siglo)

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