We are AAMVECONA, an environmental and ecotourism community organization.

We are located in the SAN SAN POND SAK WETLAND, a Panamanian RAMSAR reserve in the Province of Bocas del Toro.

The organization AAMVECONA was founded in 2000 as part of a strategy promoted by the (then) National Environment Authority (now the Ministry of the Environment or MiAmbiente) in order to incorporate civil society in the processes of conservation and protection of natural resources of the San San Pond Sak Wetland, becoming key players in the process of transformation and approach of the population to the joint management of protected areas.

The main OBJETIVES of this organization are:

1. Preserve the natural resources of the San San Pond Sak Wetland.
2. To improve the quality of life of the inhabitants of the area through the development of productive activities compatible with the environment.
3. To lead the conservation activities in the San San Pond Sak Wetland.

Our MISSION is to develop activities for the conservation and protection of ecosystems and species found in the San San Pond Sak Wetland, through programs aimed at developing and improving the quality of life of the inhabitants of the area, considering the change of attitudes regarding the protection of Life Zones present in the area.

Area of influence

We work in the wetland San San Pond Sak, a wetland of international importance which has an area of 16,125 hectares and is one of the protected areas with the greatest biodiversity of Panama.

This Wetland, designated as Protected in 1994 (Resolution JD 020-94, August 2, 1994), by the Institute of Renewable Natural Resources (INRENARE, now Ministry of Environment), is located in the province of Bocas del Toro, District of Changuinola.

In addition, since 1998, it is part of the La Amistad Biosphere Reserve (RBLA).

This reserve is composed of wetland environments with influence both marine and of the rivers that cross it, such as Changuinola, San San and Sixaola.