Posted October 7th 2013 at 4:20 pm by
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Waste Management in Kuna Yala, Panama

CoLab is now participating in the design and implementation of a zero-waste program in Panama’s Kuna Yala Islands. In January of 2014, MIT students will be traveling to the islands through the fall course D-Lab Waste to implement waste sector technology and provide entrepreneurship learning modules. Below is a photo essay of CoLab’s initial trip to the region in February, 2013.

Waste Management in Kuna Yala, Panama

Icotupu, Panama is a Kuna Yala Island on the Caribbean Coast of Panama where CoLab is working in waste management. Photo credit: Jeff Song.

Waste Management in Kuna Yala, Panama

CoLab’s Libby McDonald walking through a dumpsite located in a mangrove off the coast of Panama. “I am with Anna Young from D-Lab Health and we are collecting soil and water samples from a dumpsite off the coast of Panama,” says McDonald. Photo credit: Thomas Baade-Mathiesen.

Waste Management in Kuna Yala, Panama

Anna Young who teaches D-lab Health and CoLab’s McDonald classifying trash at the medical center on Suitup, one of the four program islands inhabited by the Kuna people off the Caribbean Coast of Panama. Photo credit: Thomas Baade-Mathiesen.

Waste Management in Kuna Yala, Panama

Women from the Kuna Yala Community of Suitup, working with students to conduct a waste sort to support the creation of a zero waste program on four islands off the Caribbean Coast of Panama. Photo credit: Thomas Baade-Mathiesen.

Waste Management in Kuna Yala, Panama

Women from a mola making cooperative in Panama discussing their business model with MIT students. A mola is the embroidered panel that the women are wearing in this photo. Photo credit: Thomas Baade-Mathiesen.

Post by Libby McDonald. First photo by Jeff Song. All other photos by Thomas Baade-Mathiesen.

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