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Environmental, Campaign & Website News > Developer uses cover of national holiday to clear rainforest near Colon, Panama

Developer uses cover of national holiday to clear rainforest near Colon, Panama

Date : 6th November 2009, Source : ENS



On Tuesday, November 3rd, while Panamanians celebrated Independence Day Holidays, heavy machinery unexpectedly entered and began cutting down tropical forest and mangroves near Galeta outside of Colon, Panama, report local sources. mongabay.com confirmed that the latest clearing has been carried out "almost in secret during national holidays so there would be no reaction from the public or the media." The clearing, conducted by a transportation cooperative called Serafin Niņo, from Colon, is occurring in the buffer zone of the Galeta Protected Landscape and near Galeta Point Marine Laboratory, a facility of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. The land will likely be used to store transportation equipment that moves cargo to and from the ports of Colon and the Free Zone.

http://news.mongabay.com/2009/1106-panama.html





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