I am very excited to bring you my first radio podcast in Panama! I have arrived from the freighter, travelling through the beautiful Panama Canal and disembarking in the city of Colon, on the Caribbean side of Panama.
For this show I focus on the activities of the group CEASPA which is a community focused environmental and social development group. They have built an education centre called Centro El Tucan which also functions as a hostel, that is on the outskirts of Achiote, a small village on the edge of the San Lorenzo Protected Area – a wonderful tropical forest.
As a volunteer, I have spent two weeks at Centro El Tucan, assisting the manager Marilo Castro. She is an amazing person, volunteering here herself for one and a half years. Already she is an expert in the bird species present. There are around 400 species here, making Achiote area one of the world hot spots for bird diversity.
For this show I spoke with Daniel Holness, Executive Director of CEASPA. Daniel grew up in Panama City but spent a lot of his childhood in Achiote. I also spoke with Marilo, who is from Spain.
To listen to this programme about Achiote and CEASPA please click on http://www.accessradio.org/Player.aspx?eid=6cf1de07-9e49-4402-bab4-9adca0e1f275
For more information –
- about CEASPA – http://www.ceaspa.org.pa/ (in Spanish)
- about Centro El Tucan – https://www.facebook.com/Centroeltucan (some bits in English and a posting during the time I was here)
- ALSO http://centroeltucan.org/ (currently in Spanish only, English coming soon!)
This programme was originally broadcast on the 21st January 2016 with the help of Otago Access Radio 105.4FM and is supported by Sustainable Dunedin City. The radio show Eco Living in Action is hosted by Maureen Howard, a Sustainability Educator and Facilitator.