22nd American Trails International Trails Symposium


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American Trails honors the contributions of leaders who are working for the advancement of trails across the country and around the world. Presented at the 22nd International Trails Symposium - May 19, 2015, Portland, Oregon.

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2015 International Planning & Design Award

This award recognizes an outstanding project—that occurred outside the United States— that demonstrates outstanding planning, design, and implementation that enhances the trails movement in a specific country or countries.


Fundación Caminando Panama (Caminando Panama Foundation)

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The Caminando Panama Foundation


The Caminando Panama Foundation is working on two projects simultaneously focused on rescuing Panama’s two trans-isthmian colonial routes: the Camino de Cruces (Crosses Road) and the Camino Real (Kings Road).

These Caminos are the grandparents of the Panama Canal. The recovery of the Camino Real began in 2013. The project’s goal is to provide community members living within the National Park’s buffer zone with an economic alternative to their subsistence based livelihood, while at the same time rescuing a historic treasure.

Until last year, sections of the Camino de Cruces had been lost for over 40 years. After searching for several months, a group funded by Caminando Panama found the Camino. Since the rediscovery, Caminando Panama has continued to fund its maintenance while coordinating volunteer-based trail maintenance days to ensure public access.

Due to the attention both of these projects have generated in the national press there is now legislation being prepared that would proclaim these two Caminos National Heritage Sites with the idea of elevating them to World Heritage Sites.


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