Resource Details

Proyecto de Reforestación con Especies Nativas (PRORENA)/Native Species Reforestation Project

Project: Project - Scientific

Contact Info


  • Center for Tropical Forest Science (CTFS) at Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)
  • Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies



Species Info

More than 40 different species native to Panama. Trees planted included:

  • Acacia mangium (exotic)
  • Albizia adinocephala
  • Albizia guachapele
  • Astronium graveolens
  • Calycophyllum candidissimum
  • Cedrela odorata
  • Colubrina glandulosa
  • Copaifera aromatica
  • Cordia alliodora
  • Diphysa robinioides
  • Dipteryx panamensis (also referred to as Dipteryx oleifera)
  • Enterolobium cyclocarpum
  • Erythrina fusca
  • Gliricidia sepium
  • Guazuma ulmifolia
  • Inga punctata
  • Luehea seemannii
  • Ochroma pyramidale
  • Pachira quinata
  • Samanea saman
  • Spondias mombin
  • Tabebuia rosea
  • Tectona grandis (exotic)
  • Terminalia amazonia


  • This research, education, and outreach program is intended to develop socially, ecologically, and financially viable strategies for forest restoration on degraded lands.
  • The project began in 2001 and is still going. 
  • Research sites include Soberania Park (2100mm rain per year), Rio Hato (1100mm rain per year), Los Santos (1700mm rain per year), and Las Lajas (3000mm rain per year).
  • The project manages tree plantations for species selection trials, silvicultural research, and restoration techniques to serve as a guide for forest restoration on degraded tropical lands.
  • So far the plantations have been established and numerous scientific studies have been conducted on PRORENA lands. 
  • Additionally, PRORENA hosts symposia and for scientists, practitioners, and local landowners to engage diverse stakeholders and widely disseminate information.

Related Publications and Projects

Geographical Region

  • Southern Central America
  • Country

  • Panama
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