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Project Description

Lionfish, a species native to the Pacific Ocean, has invaded the Caribbean basin where it has no natural predators. With an insatiable appetite and the ability to rapidly multiply, the lionfish is decimating aquatic ecosystems, which threatens food security and income for fishing communities in Bocas del Toro, Panama. The IAF supports community-led solutions to improving natural resource management and creating economic opportunity. Our grantee partner, the Unión de Pescadores Artesanales Bocatoreños (UPESABO), is an artisanal fishers association working with its members and other Panamanian organizations to control the lionfish population, including by promoting its consumption. Through training, environmental education, and updating market infrastructure, UPESABO improves the lives of its members while also protecting the community’s natural heritage.

Project Amendments

This amendment provides UPESABO with an additional $32,397 to address issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including providing food aid and sanitary supplies and establishing an emergency fund for project participants. To help fishers stay productive, UPESABO is investing in infrastructure and equipment to promote improved social distancing and sanitary measures in fish collection, processing, and sales.

Unión de Pescadores Artesanales Bocatoreños*
Project: Location: Years active: IAF grant funding: Counterpart commitment: Direct beneficiaries: Indirect beneficiaries: Program areas:
Controlling lionfish for ecosystem conservation in Bocas del Toro Panama 2019 – 2022 $234,197 $85,499 75 individuals 1600 individuals sustainable agriculture and food security

*Includes amendment data

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