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Project ID:00073510Description:UN-REDD Programme Panama
UN REDD Programme Fund
Start Date *: 16 Nov 2010
End Date*: 30 Jun 2015
Country: Panama Project Status: Operationally Closed
  Participating Organization:   Multiple

The increasing pressures on natural resources in Panama, in particular forests resources, is the reason an incentive-based approach to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD – as considered under the Bali Action Plan) is urgently needed. This proposal aims to establish the capacity for Panama to reconcile the promotion and financing of a change in the way forest resources are used, the creation of an environmental culture directed at conservation for sustainable development, and the opportunities that Panama offers to participate in the global effort to reduce emissions, achieving a competitive, low carbon economy.

The Government of Panama has identified a number of challenges to implement a REDD mechanism.  These include fragmented data on the causes, dynamics and rates of deforestation in Panama (currently being assessed for the year 2008); a lack of capacity and investment for monitoring and protecting forests, in particular at the district level; a lack of cross-sectoral cooperation; institutional weakness at the regional and local level in implementing national policies; a lack of clarity in the legal framework; a lack of awareness on the benefits provided by forests; a limited understanding of the underlying causes of deforestation in certain regions; lack of clarity on rights to carbon on indigenous and non-indigenous lands; and insecure tenure.

For these reasons, the “Panama UN-REDD Programme” will help in designing and organizing the necessary steps to initiate the “readiness” process that will allow a country to participate in a future REDD mechanism, by the end of 2012.  The overall objectives are to recover or increase the forest cover, measured against a national baseline, so that forests provide ecosystem services and new revenue sources for communities ; and to strengthen overall environmental management in Panama.

The existing legal framework establishes that management of environmental issues be undertaken by the National Environmental Authority (ANAM), civil society and the Environmental Inter-institutional system acting as coordinating entity.  COONAPIP, the National Coordination of Indigenous Peoples of Panama, will play a key role in coordinating and communicating on the REDD readiness process on indigenous lands, contributing to the efforts towards fully engaging indigenous populations in REDD initiative and benefit fully from them.  ANAM and COONAPIP have entered into regular dialogues in nine fora across the country following the principle of free, prior and informed consent.

The Panama UN-REDD Programme will contribute to:

a) The design of a valid legal framework for the implementation of the national REDD strategy that includes recommendations on carbon rights and clarity on land tenure

b) The elaboration of an operational framework for implementing the national REDD strategy, including an analysis of the current and future causes of deforestation, an assessment of existing programmes, logistical, infrastructure and financial needs at the national and local level, the establishment a carbon registry mechanism for coordination and supervision, and planning for consultation with all Indigenous, civil society and private sector stakeholders

c) Strengthening national capacities for the implementation of the REDD strategy, with a focus on MRV systems, financial models, legal framework, monitoring and evaluation, participatory management, information systems, conservation of biodiversity and local management

d) The design of a transparent, valid and operational system of payments and benefit distribution;

e) The design of a national inventory and monitoring system for forest carbon that allows for full participation of local experts in data collection as to build capacity

f) The establishment of a reference emissions scenario, based on consolidation and harmonization of existing but discrete data, that presents several options

g) The design of a system for carbon accounting and for generating information on emissions, exploring possible national synergies.

In effect, the NP defines a set of minimum requirements for preparation, and supports the country in establishing its path towards achieving REDD implementation.

For more information on the programmatic and techical aspects of this programme, please see the UN-REDD website.

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