The Mamoní Valley Preserve is a 5,000-hectare (12,300-acre) land conservancy within the Mamoní Valley, assembling a network of partners dedicated to preserving and enhancing the Valley’s threatened rainforest with its vast array of flora teeming with wildlife.
The Mamoní Valley Preserve is a non-profit conservancy in Panama supported by its U.S. 501(c)(3) corporation and co-managed with the Panamanian Fundación Geoversity.
Its Panamanian subsidiary, Panaiso, holds MVP’s land. MVP has created the Mamoní Valley Preserve Association and is supported by Association members Fundación Geoversity, Mamoní 100, ForestFinance, Cocobolo Nature Reserve (CREA), Kaminando, the Monteza and b families, and a large number of individuals and collaborators.
MVP’s partner on the ground in the Valley, Fundación Geoversity (formerly Earth Train), is a Panamanian not-for-profit umbrella organization responsible for conducting MVP’s conservation activities throughout the Valley.
Since 2001, MVP and its partners have experimented with how collaboration between conservation-minded organizations, businesses, creative individuals, local communities, and the state can restore a highly degraded but globally critical ecosystem. This innovative conservancy model is neither a national protected area nor a private reserve but rather a conservation community.
MVP envisions a future in which the plants, people, and animals of the Mamoní Valley coexist harmoniously in a thriving rainforest environment with global impact.
The Mamoní Valley Preserve covers 5,000 hectares (12,355 acres) of the upper Mamoní Valley. The following map shows its current bright green, red, and brown holdings.
MVP has long-term ambitions to expand the preserve to include more of the entire upper Mamoní watershed (11,710 hectares – 28,936 acres) through partnerships, conservation easements, and acquisitions.
Priority will be given to several thousand acres of forested land (dark green on the map) outside of the MVP Association’s existing patchwork of property, including an estimated 1,500 hectares (3,900 acres) of old-growth forest.
Many of MVP’s individual properties have been undergoing a land titling process. Some involve titling properties with possession rights, and others have recorded boundaries that conflict with neighboring recorded property boundaries.
A few titles are challenged by persons claiming they have property rights. The process has been slow, and some maps sustaining titles still have errors. MVP is working property by property to resolve all property boundary issues and disputes and obtain clean titles from the government within the next few years.