Conservation Programs

This page is still under construction.  Please contact us and we will be happy to provide you with additional information.

Marine Turtle Monitoringbaby leatherbacks.web

This program was initiated in 1997 and involves the monitoring of sea turtle nesting activity on area beaches.  ITEC operated this program until 2000 when its management was taken over by the Sea Turtle Conservancy of Gainesville, Florida.  From 2000 to 2010 ITEC was involved in the acquisition of volunteers for this program.  However, recently a decision was made to allow only Panamanian nationals as volunteers for this program.  Please direct any questions or comments to the field director of this program, Cristina Ordoñez (cristinao@conserveturtles.org).

Forest RestorationTree-planting at Drago school.web

This project was initiated in 1998 and involved the collection of seeds, rearing of seedlings and their transplantation to pasture areas north of the old Bocas del Toro Biological Station.  The projects field director was Kelly Keef, Ph.D., and continued for three years.  The project was a success and 15 years later, hundreds of hectares that were previously pasture now support secondary forest.  A new project is planned for the vicinity of the new Bocas del Toro Biological Station which we hope to initiate in 2015.

Community EducationDrago school kids1.7m

The Community Education program was initiated in 2006 and was funded by a grant from Conservation International’s Critical Ecosystems Partnership Fund for three years.  The directors of this program were Gabriela Alonso Yáñez and Leonor Cebollas.  The program include the production of visual aids, lectures, field trips and games that demonstrated human connection to the environment.  Dr. Gabriela Alonso Yáñez, currently at Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada, will be participating in a the upcoming workshop entitled Professional Development Seminar on Modeling Strategies and Decision-Support tools for the Management of Complex Socio-Economical Systems presented by the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research to be held in Antigua Guatamala and Panama City, Panama, 2014.  Following this workshop, a new community education program will be developed.