our-60-year-visionWe envision that 60 years for now the Mamoní Valley will be known internationally as a model of ecological enhancement.

Reforestation and biodiversity will have been restored beyond historical modern-age peak levels. Current forested lands will have been preserved. Agroforestry plantings will have mostly been harvested in a 20-year cycle and planted with native fruit-bearing and flowering trees to attract fauna and will be well on their way to reverting to mature forests. 30 years from now, the last 20-year cycle will have been planted and the last restoration plantings will have had 10 years to establish. The forested lands throughout the Valley will be lined with hiking trails that will be well signed and used discretely.

The economy will be robust with a healthy integration of all socioeconomic levels of local people and diverse international visitors. The villages and broader community will be a demonstration of sustainable human habitat. Productive agricultural activities such as integrated agriculture and niche-market farm crops will be sustaining expanded local villages. Structural bamboo and biochar industries will be exporting worldwide. Services for tourists, including both basic and high-end eco-lodges, will augment the local economy.

Eco-tourism will be thriving, attracting adventure travelers with an interest in conservation and ecological balance, in cultural creativity, and in environmental and cultural leadership. Visitors will have a choice of hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, horseback, birding, nature programs run by the Biomuseo, musical retreats run by Fundación Danilo Perez, leadership training run by Earth Train, study tours of various aspects of entrepreneurial agricultural intervention, interaction with the neighboring indigenous Guna community, and more opportunities that haven’t yet been imagined.

Although the Valley will be connected to Panama City at both its west and east ends, the Valley itself will have been developed without extensive paved roads and commercial glitter in a low-key manner that respects the native flora and fauna, preserves the remote jungle experience, and is an example of appropriate land stewardship.

The development of the Mamoní Valley will have been accomplished in an open and collaborative manner by the Mamoní Valley Preserve Association members. The MVP will be the stewards of all the forested land. Some land will be owned by the Preserve, some will be entrusted to the MVP through conservation easements, and the care and oversight of some will simply be pledged to the MVP by its owners.

The Preserve will operate, in essence, as an adjunct to and in collaboration with the neighboring Chagres National Park.