APROVACA is a non-profitable organization dedicated to the conservation of native species of orchids in a charming little town of Panama, El Valle de Antón. APROVACA is the acronym for “Asociación de Productores de Orquideas de El Valle y Cabuya,” that is, Association of Orchid Producers in El Valle and Cabuya. It was established on 15 May 2001 with the view to protecting endangered endemic species of orchids and thus contributing to the conservation of the amazing biodiversity of the region and the Republic of Panama.
Reintroduction of native orchids into the wild This project is an instrumental part of our orchid conservation strategy in El Valle. A widespread practice of wild orchid gathering among local people has dramatically diminished native orchid populations in this tiny Panamanian town and the surrounding mountains. It is thus imperative to reintroduce these orchids into the wild so that this place will be a paradise for them again. In close cooperation with the Institute of Agricultural Investigation of Panama (Instituto de Investigación Agropecuaria de Panamá, IDIAP), APROVACA plans to reproduce eight native orchid species in its nurseries and plant them in their original habitat. Once the reintroduction process is completed, our rangers will try to prevent the exploitation of the precious flowers from occurring again.
El Valle de Anton, Panama