Chagres National Park
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|Chagres National Park|
Chagres National Park (top center) within Panama
|Location||Panamá Province, Panama|
|Area||129,000 hectares (320,000 acres)|
|Chagres National Park Foundation|
The park contains tropical rain forests and a set of rivers which provide sufficient water to guarantee the operation of the Gatun Lake, main lake of the Panama Canal: The Chagres River and the Gatun River.
Panama Canal WatershedEdit
The park was created in 1985, with the aim of preserving the natural forest that composes it
- to produce water in amount and quality sufficient to guarantee the normal operation of the Panama Canal
- to supply potable water for the cities of Panama, Colon and la Chorrera,
- and the generation of electricity for the cities of Panama and Colon.
- The Status of the Panama Canal Watershed and Its Biodiversity at the Beginning of the 21st Century: Long-term ecological studies reveal a diverse flora and fauna near the Panama Canal, harbored within a corridor of forest stretching from the Caribbean to the Pacific, but deforestation, land degradation, erosion, and overhunting remain threats
- Wadsworth FH. 1978. Deforestation: Death to the Panama Canal. Pages 22–24 in Proceedings of the US Strategy Conference on Tropical Deforestation. Washington (DC): US Department of State and US Agency for International Development.