The Paseo Pantera Project: A Case Study
Using GIS to Improve Continental-Scale
J. David Lambert and Margaret H. Carr
Because of the accelerating loss and fragmentation of Central America's wildlands, the rich biodiversity that once characterized the isthmus may disappear unless there is a coordinated regional effort to protect the remaining pristine wildlands and restore degraded lands that could provide landscape linkages between the remaining wildlands of the isthmus. Biological corridors have been recommended by many researchers as a way to overcome the negative effects associated with fragmentation (Forman and Godron 1986; Harris and Atkins 1991; Soulé 1991). An ambitious regional wildlands conservation project called Paseo Pantera was initiated in 1990 to address this threatening scenario. The five-year project was implemented by a consortium composed of the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Caribbean Conservation Corporation in collaboration with several educational institutions and research organizations in the United States and Central American governmental and nongovernmental organizations. It was funded in part by the Regional Environmental and Natural Resources Management Project (RENARM), initiated by the USAID Regional Office for Central American Programs.
Paseo Pantera provided a comprehensive multinational viewpoint on biodiversity conservation and aggressive advocacy for the design and implementation____________________