The Mamoní Valley Preserve
The Mamoní Valley Preserve is a non-profit organization dedicated to conserving the 115 square kilometer Upper Mamoní Valley watershed through land ownership, conservation easements and landowner pledges. It’s focus is on the extent and quality of its rainforest, the biodiversity and health of the forest’s inhabitants, and the enhancement of the local culture.
The intent of the Mamoní Valley Preserve (MVP) is to protect the land and inhabitants of the Valley and also to function as a buffer zone protecting 12 miles of the southern border of the Guna Yala indigenous territory and the eastern edge of the upper reaches of Chagres National Park from the rapid and often chaotic development along the Panamerican Highway corridor.
After a dozen years working in the Valley to promote biocultural diversity, Earth Train and Rainforest Capital Management created the Mamoní Valley Preserve in 2014 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to serving the above mission.
The MVP serves as an umbrella organization to coordinate all efforts throughout the entire valley that promote the above mission. The MVP hosts the Mamoní Valley Preserve Association open to all landowners, residents and stakeholders in the Mamoní Valley watershed who voluntarily pledge to support the mission and work together to create a thriving socially and environmentally positive community.
Measures of Success
Our success over the years will be demonstrated by:
- the amount of land that is forested within the watershed.
- inventories of animals and birds commonly found within the valley.
- the employment level and average earnings among valley residents.
- the amount of funds that are applied to generating and maintaining cultural biodiversity.
- the number of landowners participating in the MVP Association.
- the percent of the valley area represented by the MVP Association.
- the number of valley residents and visitors from around the world participating in training activities in the valley.
- the number of visitors from around the world participating in eco-tourism activities in the valley