Tropical Mix in Panama
Degraded land, originally forest land, later used for extensive cattle ranching, is reforested with mostly native tree species and gradually converted into mixed forests.
About the project
The project provides sustainable timber production and cocoa cultivation; it protects biodiversity and restores a healthy forest ecosystem. Sustainable forest management and cocoa production offer employment opportunities, therefore improve the economic and social situation of rural communities and families. Tropical Mix has been one of the first in line to be successfully certified under the renowned Gold Standard for land use and forestry projects. The cocoa production areas have been the first agroforestry systems to be certified under the Gold Standard. In addition, the forest management received FSC certification (Forest Stewardship Council) and the cocoa production is UTZ and EU organic certified.
Long-term and fair employment for local communities
(more than 150 jobs created so far)
Integrated capacity building and environmental education programmes
Sustainable sources of income: sale of certified tropical timber, carbon credits, cocoa and seed material
Supporting local schools with financial programs and educational materials
Reforestation with 20 native tree species and protecting more than 30 other tree species
Biodiversity “hotspot”: home to 15 endangered and vulnerable animal species, including brown-throated sloths and anteaters
> 25 % of project area is under special protection as a conservation area
Creating ecological corridors between different project locations