Workshop "Our corotúes"

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Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Place: City of Knowledge Convention Center, building 184
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Free event, open to the public

We invite the community to a workshop in which we will define a plan to say goodbye to these green giants, honor their memory and plant new trees. City of Knowledge Convention Center, Saturday, December 15, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

On Saturday, November 17, we held a conversation open to the community about the two corotú trees of the City of Knowledge that are in poor condition, and in general about the management of urban trees. Javier Ballesteros, biologist member of the team of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) and Ricardo Osorio, forestry engineer of the Environmental Management Department of the Mayor's Office of Panama, accompanied us in this activity.

• During the discussion session, these professionals explained how the phytostatinary diagnosis work is carried out in the management of urban trees, emphasizing the effects of fungi. They also shared details on how, following STRI's advice, the Mayor's Office of Panama is using sonic tomography in its phytosanitary inspections of trees, which allows images of the inside of the trunk to be made and detect possible damage.

• After the falling of an immense branch of one of the trees, the City of Knowledge Foundation requested an inspection to the Directorate of Environmental Management of the Mayor's Office of Panamá. The diagnosis made (with the support of sonic tomography) found large fractures and cavities in the trunks of two corotú trees caused by rotting and xylophagous fungi, as well as other conditions that endanger their stability, despite their healthy exterior appearance.

 • On October 22, the Mayor's Office issued an Inspection Report in which it recommended removing both corotú trees due to their poor phytosanitary conditions, and the risk they pose to the safety of the users of the City of Knowledge / Kiwanis Sports Village.

• During the discussion session on November 17, the expert from the Mayor's Office of Panama supported this recommendation and answered the questions of the members of the community that attended (about 15 people). Similarly, the City of Knowledge Foundation explained its concern about the fact that as of January 14, 2019 there will be about 2,500 young pilgrims from the World Youth Day (WYD) camping in the area of the Kiwanis Sports Village, as well as as by the approach of the dry season and the intensification of the flow of people to the park.

• Having analyzed the problem thoroughly, and in view of the imminence of the existing risk, the City of Knowledge Foundation will proceed to remove both corotú trees during the first half of January 2019. But first, we want to invite the community to participate in a workshop that we will hold on Saturday, December 15 to share information and we can all ask questions and contribute with ideas.

• We want to develop a plan to honor the life of these two green giants, loved, admired and enjoyed by all who work, live and visit the City of Knowledge, perhaps leaving in place some symbolic element dedicated to their memory and planting trees whose shade and beauty we will enjoy in the future.

• The challenge is to see how we can turn this sad situation, part of the natural life cycle of the trees, into an opportunity to develop our creativity to do something positive for the community.

• Meanwhile, we have proceeded to better delimit the perimeter of these trees and install "Do not pass" signs, to reduce the risk of an accident. We ask everyone to stay out of that perimeter, given the danger of branch shedding.