Agreement for the Continuation of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute's activities in the Panama Canal Zone

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Panama and the United States agree on the continuation of Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) activities in Panama after the Panama Canal Treaty goes into effect. The United States agrees to allow STRI to use any land, water or facilities in various parts of the Isthmus of Panama while the US maintains control of the Panama Canal. Panama agrees that after it assumes control of the Canal that it will grant STRI rights to properties in use by STRI or will allow STRI to use those properties free of cost. The following are made available for the exclusive use of STRI: STRI headquarters, shops, administrative offices and labs on Gorgas Road, the Tivoli site, Naos Island, Flamenco Island and the Pipeline Road Reserve.


  • Bunker, Ellsworth
  • Bethancourt, Romulo Escobar
  • Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)
  • Panama Canal Treaty


Smithsonian Legal Documents

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  • 33 UST
  • Title 48, Territories and Insular Possessions
  • Exchange of Notes


Includes English and Spanish translations. This exchange of notes is included as part of the Panama Canal Treaty of 1977.

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U. S. Treaties and Other International Agreements, Vol. 33, Part 1 (Book)

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


  • 1981
  • 09/07/1977


  • Protected areas
  • Rain forest ecology
  • Field Stations
  • Laboratories
  • Panama Canal (Panama)
  • Ecology
  • Islands
  • Biological Stations
  • Nature conservation
  • Agreements
  • Natural resources
  • Facilities


  • United States
  • Panama


Exchange of Notes

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Number of pages: 14; Page Numbers: 465-479

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