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September 3, 2020

Panama

Minister of the Ministry of the Environment of Panamá

Milciades Concepción

The pandemic has highlighted the fragility of economic and social systems in the face of threats resulting from environmental devastation. For the first time in history, we all face a common enemy and suffer its impacts simultaneously. This should be a formative experience that motivates us to plan and manage risks in order to direct sustainable investments for economic reconstruction.

Just as each country has had to flatten the COVID- 1 9 curve to plan for more focused actions, likewise each country has the responsibi lity of flattening its GI-IG emissions curve and launching an ambitious reduction plan for carbon neutrality and climate resilience by 2050 with emphasis in social justice.

Committed to this responsibility, Panama has developed the Reduce Your Footprint National Program with the objective of managing and monitoring the actions that lead us toward a green recovery and the transition to a sustainable, inclusive, low-emission and resilient development model. Under this program, companies, public and civil organizations, and municipalities will be able to continuously quantify, register, and report their annual carbon footprint and thus count them as part of the nationally determined contribution of the Republic of Panama to the goals of the Paris Agreement.

Likewise, Reduce Your Footprint will have a virtual platform that will allow the public to access information related to the execution of climate actions and monitoring of their impacts, as well as vulnerability and GHG emissions by regions and sectors.

Panama believes in the potential of market instruments to stimulate climate action from the private sector. Therefore, we are advancing the preparatory phases for the establishment of a national voluntary carbon market and the necessary studies for the establishment of incentives for the renewal of public and private vehicle fleets with a focus on electric mobility.

We are committed to a vision of green recovery and in accordance with the risks and difficulties posed by the new climate reality. All our efforts are aimed at establishing a new development model that benefits everyone, complying with environmental management instruments, the SDGs and the Paris Agreement. We are proud to belong to this platform of countries committed to sustainability, carbon neutrality and resilience, hoping to contribute to the shared vision of the group.

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environmental protection in the context of COVID-19 recovery.

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Minister of the Ministry of the Environment of Panamá

Milciades Concepción

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Response
Emergency measures in the short term (a few months to one year) to address concerns that have directly emerged from the COVID-19 pandemic and may include forced action.
Recovery
Socioeconomic measures in the medium term (one to a few years) with an environmental and climate focus to “build back better” from COVID-19, and usually involves planned, intentional action.
Redesign
Paradigm shifts and measures in the long term (more than a few years to a few decades) toward redesigning current socioeconomic and sociocultural systems to be sustainable and resilient.

1.Climate mitigation measures

2.Climate adaptation measures

3.Cross-cutting measures

  • Governance

    ResponseRecovery

    Draft framework law on climate change and update of the policy on climate change
    Referenceunder developing
    ContactMinistry of Environment

4.Other environmental measures

  • Waste management and Circular economy / sustainable production and consumption

    ResponseRecoveryRedesign
    Incentives for the implementation of sustainable economic models, through guides, certification, and diffusion of companies that produce eco-friendly services or products
    Referenceto develop
    ContactMinistry of Environment/Environmental Performance Verification Directorate
  • Waste management and Circular economy / sustainable production and consumption

    ResponseRecoveryRedesign
    Promote the creation of legal and regulatory frameworks that allow the transition to Circular Economy models, emphasizing Responsible Production and Consumption of the population
    Referenceto develop
    ContactMinistry of Environment/Environmental Performance Verification Directorate
  • Waste management and Circular economy / sustainable production and consumption

    Response
    Development of waste management programs at public entities, industry, and general population levels
    ContactMinistry of Environment/Environmental Performance Verification Directorate

5.International Cooperation

  • COVID19 recovery and climate change mitigation

    RecoveryRedesign
    South-South Cooperation with Chilean Government to implement the GHG National Inventories System
    Referenceunder implementation
    ContactCooperation between the Ministry of Enviroment of Chile and Panama
  • COVID19 recovery and climate change mitigation

    ResponseRecovery
    South-South Cooperation with the Government of Costa Rica to implement its Country Program of Carbon Neutrality
    Referenceunder implementation
    ContactCooperation between the Ministry of Enviroment of Costa Rica and Panama