Panama enacts construction ban on wetlands area threatened by real estate boom

February 10, 2015 12:53 AM

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PANAMA CITY – Environmentalists are heralding a new law protecting a large swath of wetlands in Panama City from a real estate boom that had been destroying the critical ecosystem.

The law signed by President Juan Carlos Varela and which took effect Monday bans construction and the removal of vegetation from more than 200,000 hectares of muddy mangroves stretching along the capital's Pacific Ocean coastline.

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