Panama

Country Area : 75,417 km2

Forested Area (1000 ha) : 4,617

UN-REDD Programme Partner Country : Yes

Type of UN-REDD Programme Support Received : National Programme, Targeted support

FCPF Member : Yes

Active FCPF Grant Holder: No

Readiness Grant Holder: No

Carbon Fund: No

During 2016, the UN-REDD Programme continued its support for Panama through targeted support for forest monitoring by indigenous communities, REDD+ financing and CBR+.

PROGRESS AGAINST THE WARSAW FRAMEWORK FOR REDD+

NFMS: the UN-REDD Programme has significantly improved the community-based forest monitoring capacity of indigenous groups through the training of 22 technicians from 11 indigenous territories in satellite and terrestrial-monitoring, geographic information systems and the use of drones. This has been complemented by a network of seven monitoring stations including a geo-referenced forest information database.

REDD+ FINANCING

The Programme continued to increase the capacity of the Ministry of Environment on fiscal instruments, guarantees and the conditions required in order to establish carbon markets, including through exchanges and training with senior managers of the EU Emission Trading Scheme (ETS), the New Zealand ETS and the California Air Resources Board.

CBR+

The CBR+ initiative in Panama is supporting 14 projects on community-based activities in line with Panama’s National REDD+ Strategy. This initiative has resulted in the improved capacity of community personnel to implement and manage projects including financial and administrative standards, monitoring and evaluation, and knowledge on forests, climate change and REDD+. CBR+ is also bringing community voices to the government as an input into the National REDD+ Strategy.

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Total Approved Targeted Support Amount (US$) 573,400
#   Timeline   Financial Information   Work Area (SNA Outcome)
1  
Date of Request 30.06.2014
Date of Approval 05.08.2014
Implementation Period (Months) 10
Status Completed
 
Amount Requested US$ 95,000
Amount Approved US$ 95,000
UN Agency Providing Support
FAO
 
MRV and Monitoring

Timeline: 

Lead National Institution: National Evironment Authority (ANAM)

Description: 

  TS1 and TS3 merged and results reported collectively.

(TS1)

  1. Community protocol proposal developed on the intellectual property of traditional knowledge, including results from consultations, workshops and validation with authorities and indigenous botanical experts.

  2. Land cover and land use map of Panama in 2012 published.

  3. Community forest monitoring pilots in place and operating in indigenous communities, based on the development and strengthening of local capacities.

  4. Trained indigenous technicians of three regions, gunas in the comarca Wargandi, and the Embera Wounaan in the comarca and collective lands, in the methodology of the National Forest and Carbon Inventory (INFC). Finished two additional sampling units for the pilot phase of the INFC.

  5. Data from the pilot phase of the NFI analyzed and discussed

  6. Established and documented the methodology for monitoring annual/biannual change in forest-cover and land-use. Trained national technicians in the proposed methodology and in the analysis of satellites images.

 

 

 

 

 

 

(TS3)

 

 

 

  1. The country’s NFMS completed and forest monitoring started at community level.

  2. Options analyzed for directly and indirectly financing the National REDD+ Strategy.

  3. Three products finalized for the development of NFMS (i) the technical capacity increased of indigenous peoples on NFMS methods and measurement technics; (ii) the obtained data analyzed during the NFMS pilot phase, disseminate and consult the results, and obtain feedbacks for the final design of the NFMS, (iii) methods adjusted and documented for annual and biannual monitoring of forest cover and land use.

 

 

 

#   Timeline   Financial Information   Work Area (SNA Outcome)
2  
Date of Request 24.11.2014
Date of Approval 12.12.2014
Implementation Period (Months) 12
Status Under Implementation
 
Amount Requested US$ 250,000
Amount Approved US$ 250,000
UN Agency Providing Support
UNEP
 
Green Economy and Private Sector

Timeline: 

Lead National Institution: ANAM- National Authority of Environment

Description: 

  1. Direct investments promoted in emission reduction activities in order to contribute to the financial sustainability in the National REDD Strategy framework.
  2. Funding options identified for green economy to create and encourage the demand of future emission reductions generated by the REDD+ Programme and other initiatives.

#   Timeline   Financial Information   Work Area (SNA Outcome)
3  
Date of Request 19.12.2014
Date of Approval 19.01.2015
Implementation Period (Months) 7
Status Under Implementation
 
Amount Requested US$ 47,500
Amount Approved US$ 47,400
UN Agency Providing Support
FAO
 
MRV and Monitoring

Timeline: 

Lead National Institution: ANAM- National Authority of Environment

Description: 

 TS1 and TS3 merged and results reported collectively.

(TS1)

  1. Community protocol proposal developed on the intellectual property of traditional knowledge, including results from consultations, workshops and validation with authorities and indigenous botanical experts.

  2. Land cover and land use map of Panama in 2012 published.

  3. Community forest monitoring pilots in place and operating in indigenous communities, based on the development and strengthening of local capacities.

  4. Trained indigenous technicians of three regions, gunas in the comarca Wargandi, and the Embera Wounaan in the comarca and collective lands, in the methodology of the National Forest and Carbon Inventory (INFC). Finished two additional sampling units for the pilot phase of the INFC.

  5. Data from the pilot phase of the NFI analyzed and discussed

  6. Established and documented the methodology for monitoring annual/biannual change in forest-cover and land-use. Trained national technicians in the proposed methodology and in the analysis of satellites images.

 

 

 

 

 

 

(TS3)

 

 

 

  1. The country’s NFMS completed and forest monitoring started at community level.

  2. Options analyzed for directly and indirectly financing the National REDD+ Strategy.

  3. Three products finalized for the development of NFMS (i) the technical capacity increased of indigenous peoples on NFMS methods and measurement technics; (ii) the obtained data analyzed during the NFMS pilot phase, disseminate and consult the results, and obtain feedbacks for the final design of the NFMS, (iii) methods adjusted and documented for annual and biannual monitoring of forest cover and land use.

 

 

 

#   Timeline   Financial Information   Work Area (SNA Outcome)
4  
Date of Request 15.09.2015
Date of Approval 08.10.2015
Implementation Period (Months) 9
Status Under Implementation
 
Amount Requested US$ 0
Amount Approved US$ 181,000
UN Agency Providing Support
FAO
 
MRV and Monitoring

Timeline: 

Lead National Institution: Ministry of Environment

Description: 

 

The objective of the support is to continue the development and capacity building of technical staff and indigenous committees and councils on community-based forestry management of their territories and natural resources. The main expected results are:

 

  1. A conceptual framework developed for the community-based forestry monitoring in indigenous territories.

2. Strengthened capacity of indigenous technical groups for satellite monitoring. Strengthened technical capacity of the forestry staff serving at Doya (indigenous region of Darién) to develop forest and carbon inventories.