Panama is also a natural and biodiverse hub
This was stated by the Acting Director of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, who highlighted the importance of the country for the scientific community and travelers interested in the environment
In a new edition of PROMTUR Panama's Café con Maletas dialogue, the Interim Director of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute highlighted the importance of Panama for the scientific community and travelers interested in the biodiversity of ecosystems, species and nature.
Since 1910, researchers from the Smithsonian Institute have studied the great diversity of terrestrial and aquatic environments in Panama, making the country one of the biodiversity hotspots of species and ecosystems. The studies and research carried out by the institute in the national territory are of interest to the authorities responsible for public policies and also to the national and international scientific community, obtaining great coverage in the media and in turn, attracting the attention of many travelers who remain captivated by the country's pristine nature and forests.
Year after year, the Smithsonian Institute receives the visit of more than 1,200 international scientists to carry out studies and projects, many of which have contributed as a basis for exhibitions at the Biomuseo and the Museum of Old Panama. Dr. Sanjur also referred to some sustainability projects that they maintain and that are of vital importance for the conservation of the country's ecosystems: the conservation of Amphibians in Gamboa and the Agua Salud project in the Panama Canal basin.
"Panama is an open-air museum," said Dr. Sanjur. He comments that the exuberant diversity and captivating landscapes, as well as the ease of traveling to different places in less than a day, make Panama an important destination for international tourists. He considers that some of the must-see places that a traveler must visit to know Panamanian biodiversity are: Barro Colorado Island, the Punta Culebra Natural Center, the Soberanía National Park, the Metropolitan Natural Park, the Biomuseum; but it also recommends knowing a bit of Panamanian history by visiting places such as the Old Town, the Fort of San Lorenzo in Portobelo, among others.
As a Panamanian scientist, Oris Sanjur commented that “Panama is unique, not only for its diversity, but also for its history. We speak of Panama as a tourist and commercial hub, but I want to remind everyone that Panama is also a natural and biodiverse hub ”. In addition, Dr. stressed that each one has the responsibility to protect biodiversity and promote it in a sustainable and healthy way, since it is a legacy for young Panamanians and around the world.
"We speak of Panama as a tourist and commercial hub, but I want to remind everyone that Panama is also a natural and biodiverse hub."