News for October, 2009

Jane Goodall Partnership

By Kael Shipman 7 October, 2009

Jane Goodall with Líder Sucre and Nathan Gray in the Mamoní Valley Preserve

On the morning of October 9, 2009, Dr. Jane Goodall addressed the plenary session of the international symposium of the Association of Environmental Studies and Science—live via satellite from Earth Train's Centro Mamoní. Introduced by Dr. Glenn Adelson, Earth Train's Co-Chair for Life Sciences, Jane began with a word of gratitude to the howler monkeys who so kindly served as her alarm clock early that morning. "What an inspiring way to wake up," she said.

Dr. Goodall's speech capped a visit to Panama to discuss collaboration with Earth Train on the realization of a goal she has held dear for several years: The establishment of an international center in the Americas for youth leadership in connection with her worldwide youth action and learning program, Roots and Shoots. At a reception Earth Train hosted at Casa Arias, in team with partner organizations Fundación Danilo Pérez, the Guna General Congress and Biomuseo, Dr. Goodall acknowledged "the powerful forces unleashed when young people resolve to make a change." She spoke enthusiastically about how much she looked forward to working with Earth Train and its partners on supporting youth in "taking informed and sustained action toward realizing their vision for a just and healthy world."

We are delighted to be working with Dr. Goodall and her colleagues at the Jane Goodall Institute on establishing, in the Mamoní Valley Preserve and at Casa Arias, a new multi-cultural center for Roots and Shoots, a learning and action campus for young emerging leaders from around the Americas and beyond.

Smithsonian's Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Project comes to the Mamoni Valley Preserve

By Kael Shipman 1 October, 2009

Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Project (ARCP). The mission of the ARCP is to rescue and establish assurance colonies of amphibian species that are in extreme danger of extinction throughout Panama. Coordinated and led by the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, ARCP is also working to develop methodologies to reduce the impact of the amphibian chytrid fungus so that one day captive amphibians may be re-introduced to the wild. Earth Train has been hosting ARCP field research at Centro Mamoní since 2009.

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