News for September, 2014
Rainforest Capital in Panama for Strategy Talks with Earth Train in the Mamoní Valley Preserve
18 September, 2014
Our partners and friends from Rainforest Capital and Ceiba Forestry have just made a 10-day visit to the Mamoni Valley Preserve for a semi-annual on-site operational meeting. Rainforest Captial's Stephen Wiel joined Ceiba's Sam Larson, Matt Brewer and other staff along with Earth Train's Nathan Gray and staff for walks and talks in and about the Mamoni Valley Preserve.
Highlights from our time together include the advancements of some key friendships in the Preserve, including that of the Montesa Family, who has owned property there for over 40 years. The Montesas have taken the initiative to experiment over the past few years with a variety of potentially viable crops in the valley, including some that could help form the basis of a new and more ecologically-sustainable economy in the Valley.
We also took some time for Steve and the Ceiba crew to get to know some of the families in the town of La Zahina, deep in the middle of the Valley. We took our ultra light-weight inflatable kayaks along and had a blast with village kids for 2 hours in the river.
Toward the end of our time together, we celebrated with a pig roast, then returned to the city for a quick trip to the Biomuseo and some talks with lead architect Patrick Dillon, also an important partner in our work with City of Knowledge on the so-called "Green Steel" Biocultural Pavillion.
Earth Train and the Alstom Corporation Sign Corporate Sponsorship Agreement
5 September, 2014
Earth Train has officially signed a corporate sponsorship agreement with the Alstom Corporation, the Paris-based global engineering firm responsible for the execution of the first two Metro lines in Panama.
Earth Train submitted a proposal for the Alstom grant earlier this year, and was selected as the sole recipient in the Americas of the Alstom Foundation's funds. The Alstom funds are earmarked for the following projects and improvements:
Thank you Alstom team for the help and support in securing these important funds, and we look forward to sharing the results with the world!