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Macalester College

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Fall 2013

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Panama: Tropical Ecology, Marine Ecosystems, and Biodiversity Conservation


The current environmental justice debate within Panama has led to a series of conflicts on both a political and social scale. Non-profit organizations have developed rapidly throughout the organization to fill crucial gaps in this debate. The success of these organizations will dictate the ability of Panama to survive these conflicts. The organization of FUNDICCEP in Cerro Punta, Chiriquí, has had a definitive role in environmental justice in their community and the province of Chiriquí. They are a leader in their community and a leader to other environmental justice organizations as well. This group has worked in over eleven communities with more than fourteen different themes. Nonetheless, this organization faces challenges that are similar to those of other non-profit organizations. Understanding how this organization functions and areas for improvement could potentially allow for replication of their successes in other communities throughout Panama. This article examines the impact, influence, and the level of success of FUNDICCEP as an organization. In addition, this article suggests potential areas for growth and development within the organization at an administrative, project, and financial level. The content of this article relates specifically to the organization of FUNDICCEP and this analysis and suggestions pertain to this type of organization individually.


Growth and Development | Inequality and Stratification | Latin American Studies | Politics and Social Change


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