• Constructora MECO will provide technical and financial assistance, and Panama University will provide the land and the maintenance. At the same time, this partnership and collaboration will monitor the effectiveness of reforestation.
Panamá. Thanks to the signing of an agreement of mutual cooperation, Constructora MECO and Panama University will return 76,000 seedlings to the environment in a 5-year period, with native tree species like cedro espino (Bombacopsis quinata), corotú (Enterolobium cyclocarpum), guachapali (Samanea saman), Amarillo, macano (Diphysa americana), jobo (Spondias mombin), cañafístula (Cassia fistula), almendro de montaña (Dipteryx Panamensis), guayacán (Handroanthus chrysanthus) and caimito (Chrysophyllum cainito), among others.
Thus, the vegetation cover of the environment will be increased, water erosion reduced, the natural habitat is improved and deforestation is compensated in areas where MECO builds the new Pan American highway.
Constructora MECO will fund the tree planting project and is responsible for the legalization of the project before the Panamanian Ministry of Environment, while the University will provide the physical space for planting and proper maintenance that allows to preserve the area and its surrounding areas.
Constructora MECO participates since December 2013 in the broadening of the Pan American Road, in the section Viguí – San Félix, from Las Palmas district to Remedios district, with an estimated completion in August 2017.
“The road Viguí-San Félix means a challenge for MECO, both in the operational and the environmental aspects, since we are working in an area where it rains a lot and forest conservation should be ensured; we have managed large quantities of soil and machinery in the area under the strictest standards of care to vegetation, and this tree planting process will be the culmination of our commitment to the area” pointed Eduardo Moreno, Environmental Coordinator of the Viguí- San Félix project.
It is estimated that in 2021, the final year of this project, five drain zones will be placed, along with tables, trails, grass, hedgerows and environmental information on the route.