Selva Terra is a Panama Eco Resort that runs on solar energy. Our dependency on fossil fuels has reduced significantly since its installation, and we thrive to continue to change the way we operate in order to reduce our carbon footprint.

Supporting Local Communities

Many of us are choosing to become more conscious and we prioritize sourcing responsibly. We aim to source our products as close to home as possible and support local communities and fishermen who supply us with fresh produce and seafood caught just offshore.


We are involved with the World Marine Heritage Site of the East Pacific in its efforts to create and enforce new standards of how businesses can help with marine conservation in Panama.

The group includes representatives from Panama, Costa Rica, Colombia, and Ecuador. In Panama, while there are laws for ocean conservation, these laws lack the necessary enforcement to make them effective. There are no license requirements in Panama—no size or daily catch regulations, no defined fishing seasons, and no legally protected species. That is why the World Marine Heritage Site has created and enforced regulations for itself; to preserve this most vital resource.


Our affiliate sport fishing brand Panama Nautical Club, has been involved in the World Marine Heritage Organization and works to ensure that the standards live up to the task of ocean conservation. The owner believes “The sea is our connection with Mother Nature, and she has given us all we needed for so long, but now it is our turn to take care of her.”

“Protecting the ocean is the best thing that we can do to protect ourselves. If we don’t care for it now, then we will lose this resource for all the generations to come.”

While many of these problems have complex solutions, to help save marine life in Panama, remember:

  • When choosing your sunscreen, be careful of the ingredients you put on your body, as they will be washed out to sea. Choose a sunscreen that is free of oxybenzone and octinoxate (generally known as reef killers), zinc, PABA, or parabens.
  • Pay attention to where your fish is sourced. While at the Resort you can be sure that the fish offered has been sustainably caught; however, once you leave, be sure to continue verifying that your fish is sustainably sourced.
  • When utilizing snorkeling equipment, be careful to not touch reefs as this could cause damage. In addition, be mindful to refrain from making sand clouds, as this could disrupt and damage the ecosystem around you.
  • Follow the Facebook group of the World Marine Heritage to be more involved.

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