Agua Salud

The Panama Canal Watershed is perhaps one of the tropics’ clearest examples of ecosystem services in action. The basin’s fresh water transports four percent of seafaring world trade, generates $2.5 billion in annual revenue and sustains Panama’s economy. Named for the Agua Salud River, the 700-hectare Panama Canal Watershed Project seeks to explain how different landscapes common in the rural tropics — from intact forests to cattle ranches — impact ecosystem services in an era of exploding population growth, ecosystem degradation, and global climate change. Agua Salud’s experimental plots include native tree plantations, silvopastoral, invasive grasslands, subsistence farms and forest regrowth ranging from a few years to many decades in age.

General information

Date: June 17, 2024

Location: Agua Salud

Organizer: Jeff Hall and Adriana Tapia

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Cost per participant: $60.00

Participants: Minimum participants 9 / Maximum 12 participants

Registration deadline: May 31, 2024


7:00 AMDepart Gamboa Rainforest Reserve
8:30 AM – 1:30 PMAt Agua Salud
3:00 PMArrive back in Gamboa Rainforest Reserve

Participant physical demands and responsibilities

You will be walking on uneven ground heading up and down hills. Climate is very humid and hot. Bring appropiate clothing, boots, hat, bug/insect repellent and suncreen.

Notes: A 100% reimbursement will be made for FIELD TRIPS and FIELD COURSES (workshops) if STRI is not able to carry out the trip or if the field trip/field course does not meet the minimum requirement of participants.