The Gulf of Panama mangroves is an ecoregion along the Pacific coast of Panama, Colombia. The mangroves experience seasonal flooding with high levels of sediment, and occasional extreme storms or very low rainfall due to El Niño effects. They are important as a breeding or nursery area for marine species. Areas of the mangroves have been recognized as Important Bird Areas and Ramsar wetlands. The ecoregion has been severely degraded by clearance of mangroves for agriculture, pasturage and shrimp farming, by urban pressure around Panama City, and by pollution related to the Panama Canal.
GRID-Arendal undertook fieldwork in Panama for The GEF Blue Forests Project.
These photos have been graciously provided to be used in the GRID-Arendal Photo library by: Rob Barnes