Panama: Integration of Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Measures in the Management of Natural Resources in Four Priority Watersheds of Panama


This Joint Programme worked in rural and indigenous communities in Panama to implement measures for combatting the effects of climate change, such as sustainable agriculture techniques, the use of energy-efficient stoves, water safety, reforestation and early warning systems to protect against floods.

The programme focused on areas with high levels of land degradation, pressure on land and water resources, vulnerability to climate change and poverty. The overall aim of the programme was to build the capacity to adapt to, and mitigate climate change in order to contribute to environmental sustainability and poverty reduction in four priority watersheds in Panama.

This was achieved through the development of an Adaptation and Mitigation Strategy and a Pilot Climate Monitoring System, improvement of local management of land and water resources, and increased access to sources of funding.

Main achievements included:
  • An integrated strategy for adaptation to and mitigation of climate change was developed covering issues related to interagency coordination and promotion of the participation of communities and key sectors, knowledge management and adaptation to climate change education. 
  • A Pilot Monitoring System of both water basins was integrated into the National Hydrometeorological Network operated by the Electricity Transmission Company. An Early Warning System was established.
  • Training of small farmers in techniques to adapt to climate change also improved food security and household incomes.

Click for more detailed results from the Joint Programmes in Panama (in Spanish).



The Joint Programme in action


Programme Dates 07 Jul 2008 - 31 Mar 2012
Net funded amount $3,994,982
Participating UN agencies FAO, PAHO / WHO, UNDP, UNEP
National partners Autoridad Nacional del Ambiente (ANAM), Ministerio de Desarrollo Agropecuario (MIDA), Sistema Nacional de Protección Civil (SINAPROC) y Ministerio de Salud (MINSA)
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