Mrs. Lidia is a native from the district of Tonosí, Los Santos. For 36 years ago, she has lived in Pedasí with her family. She is a mother of five children and has 9 grandchildren.
She has grown up surrounded by nature, gardening, respecting forests and other green areas with the commitment to contribute to the reforestation and habitat conservation in the area.
She says that every seed she sows is a sliver of her life, and that is how she will leave fruit over the years when she is gone: it is the legacy she wants to leave.
Committed to the community that has welcomed her for years, she began reforestation in the vicinity of El Arenal beach. She worked hard to create a living barrier on the shores of the beach with native species. But, after some time, she noticed that her work had been demolished despite having sacrificed so much to create the barrier in the first place.
On several occasions, they have destroyed her hard work as a reforester. However, this did far from discourage her. In fact, it motivated her to not give up and further strengthened her desire to sow seeds and better the environment. Despite adversity, she has worked to keep her seedlings alive and watch them become grown trees.
In 2013, she was the president of the Cooperative Eco Tourism and Multiple Services in Pedasí. She is currently the spokesperson and manager of the restaurant in El Rancho del Refugio (The Ranch of Refuge).
As part of the cooperative, they won a nursery project with the Mesoamerica Integration and Development Project, where they gave saplings to different communities in the area such as Cortezo, Paritilla. In addition, they received training in Capira Cocoa with ANAM members in environmental issues and nursery care.
She is charismatic and charming, someone who always smiles greatly and reflects positive energy towards those who visit El Rancho del Refugio (The Ranch of Refuge). She is an example of perseverance, kindness and cordiality. For her relentless contribution and dedication to the environment, we make Mrs. Lidia Samaniego part of Our Azuero People.
Lidia Samaniego, Independent Reforester and Spokesperson of the Eco Tourism and Multiple Services Cooperative in Pedasí.
One of the main goals of the Pro Eco Azuero Foundation is being at the forefront of the conservation of our environment. On this basis, we work together with the watershed committees to help us have a community approach. On this occasion, our overall approach is focused on the pollution the Guararé River is suffering, which belongs to the province of Los Santos. The river is used by residents of this region for recreational use. Due to contamination, the river has caused diseases such as conjunctivitis, resulting in skin allergies that affect both children and adults. This is one of the most worrying issues, reminding us that as citizens we must take care of our water sources.
Considering the community is not often aware of these issues, the decision was made to conduct three informative tours in the upper, middle and lower parts of the river in conjunction with members of the 126 basin committee. This committee is made up of members of different government institutions, NGOs and community members. The three communities visited were Cucula, La Enea de Guararé and Nanzal which belong to the upper, middle and lower parts of the Guararé River. Three focal points of this research show the observed results of the tours. Engineer Daniel Vergara, chairman of the 126 Basin Committee, made the presentation based on schematics, maps and results to disseminate the information to the community.
In short, the results that were released were that the Rio Guararé is polluted due to the amount of chemicals that are thrown in its shores, negatively impacting aquatic life and limiting the river’s recreational use. Similarly, the amount of swine products found along the river come from tributaries. The Pro Eco Azuero Foundation seeks to create new methodologies through environment-producer-community interactions, creating opportunities to implement new techniques that do not negatively impact this water source.
In the same way, we also provide support to the Basin 126 Committee for the creation of a Caldera River sub-basin committee to further strengthen ties with the community and contribute to improvements in these environmental issues. These are issues that affect all the residents of Los Santos, Azuero and Panamá in general.
We invite you to be part of our efforts. Follow us on our various social media accounts @proecoazuero to find out about our events. It is up to everyone to fight for a sustainable Azuero for future generations.
Anacardiaceae > Spondias mombin
JoboJobo amarilloJobo concho
DeciduousNative to Azuero
- 10-25 meters in height. Trunk with gray or brown exterior bark, with hard cork-like spine-like ridges. Red/rose-like interior bark.
- Odd-pinnate and alternate leaves. Leaflets are 3-20 centimeters long and 2-4 centimeters wide, oblong to oval shaped, with acuminate apex, entire, or occasionally toothed borders with an unequal base.
- The wood is used for fence posts, the bark to carve figurines and decorations. The pulp of the mature fruits is edible and is used to make drinks and ice cream. The leaves and roots are used to heal wounds and in the treatment of fevers and colds.
- The tree is deciduous and sheds its leaves completely in the dry season, but grows them again at the beginning of the wet season.
White, small, aromatic flowers. Fruits in globe like drupes, 2 to 3 cm long, green, turning yellow when ripe.
Wash your hands thoroughly with an antibacterial gel or abundant soap and water. Once they are clean, dry them off with paper towels or hot air. Do this as often as possible during the day to keep your hands free of germs.