Running along the entire Colombian Pacific coast, from southwest Panama to northwest Ecuador, the Choco-Darien region is made up of rainforests, mountains and coastal areas.
The Panamanian Darien part represents some of the richest forests of Central America
, while the Colombian Choco has some of the highest numbers of endemic plants in South America.
Many unique species are also found here, including jaguars
, ocelots, giant anteaters, tapirs and tamarins.
and marine turtles
visit the coasts.
Protecting Latin America's rainforests
The major threat to these species and ecosystem is deforestation.
Road building and other development projects have seen about 1/3 of the area cleared or degraded.
WWF is working with local partners, including indigenous communities, throughout the Choco-Darien region on a number of sustainable development and conservation projects
, which include supporting community-based forest management and the creation of protected areas