Policies, measures and actions on climate change and
environmental protection in the context of COVID-19 recovery.
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Minister of the Ministry of the Environment of Panamá
Minister of the Ministry of the Environment of Panamá
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
OthersResponse Recovery RedesignLaunch of Reduce Your Footprint Corporate Program (Under development)Reference Website under developmentContact Ana Him email@example.com Ministry of Environment/Climate Change Directorate
OthersResponse Recovery RedesignExecutive Decree No.100 of October 20th, 2020 that regulates the Mitigation Chapter of the General Environment Law (Approved)
Contact Juan Monterrey firstname.lastname@example.org Ministry of Environment/Climate Change Directorate
OthersResponse Recovery RedesignLaw 158 of August 28th, 2020 which increases seed capital for microentrepeneurs to $2,000 (Approved)Contact Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Authority (AMPYME, in spanish)
OthersResponse Recovery RedesignLaw 189 of December 17th, 2020 which establishes a new tax regime for small businesses (Approved)Contact Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Authority (AMPYME, in spanish)
Sustainable transportationResponse Recovery RedesignConstruction of the Line 3 of the Panama Metro (Undergoing)Reference https://www.elmetrodepanama.com/linea-3/Contact Metro of Panama
Transition to renewable energyResponse Recovery RedesignNational Energy Secretariat Resolution N° 4747 of June 10th, 2020 which adopts the energy transition agendaContact National Energy Secretarial (SNE, in spanish)
Land sectorRecovery RedesignBill 42 to encourage the development of agroparks,to give added value to agricultural production and thus contribute to generating poles of developments and jobs in our rural settlements.Reference https://www.asamblea.gob.pa/APPS/SEG_LEGIS/PDF_SEG/PDF_SEG_2020/PDF_SEG_2020/2020_P_442.pdfContact Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development (MIDA, in spanish)
2.Climate adaptation measures
Agr/food securityResponse Recovery RedesignThe loans of the Agro Solidario Program have soft interest and are conditional on the technical assistance, accompaniment; water harvesting and agrotechnology, that is, producing more with lessReference https://www.mida.gob.pa/blog/prestamos-del-plan-agro-solidario-ya-superan-los-3-millones-de-balboas/Contact Ministry of Agriculture
WaterResponse Recovery RedesignThe Water Resources Program has the purpose of guaranteeing water for human consumption, food production and the operation of the Panama CanalContact Panama Canal Authority
InfrastructureResponse Recovery Redesignlaw to encourage the development of agroparks, to give added value to agricultural productionContact Ministry of Agriculture
WaterResponse Recovery RedesignImplement the National Water Security Plan 2015-2050 Water for AllReference https://www.pa.undp.org/content/panama/es/home/library/environment_energy/plna_seguridad_hidrica_agua_para_todos.htmlContact Ministry of Environment
Adaptation planningResponse Recovery RedesignDevelopment of a Climate Vulnerability Index for the Republic of Panama,Reference FinishedContact Ministry of Environment/Climate Change Directorate
Adaptation planningResponse Recovery RedesignDevelopment of a Climate Risk Map for the Republic of Panama,Reference to be developedContact Ministry of the Environment/Climate Change Directorate
InfrastructureResponse Recovery RedesignTechnical Guidelines on Climate Change, for the formulation of public investment infrastructure projectsReference to be developedContact Ministry of Environment/Climate Change Directorate
OthersImplementation of agroforestry and soil conservation systems upstream of the Santa Maria River basin.Reference RunningContact Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development (MIDA, in spanish) / Climate Change Directorate
OthersEstablishment of riparian reforestation and agroforestry projects with coffee and soil conservation systems in the Caisán River sub-basin, Renacimiento, Chiriquí, PanamaReference To be developedContact Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development (MIDA, in spanish) / Climate Change Directorate
WaterUpdate of the Santa Maria River Basin Management PlanReference To be developedContact Ministry of Environment/Climate Change Directorate
WaterClimate vulnerability study and pre-design of adaptation measures for the Chiriqui Viejo River BasinReference FinishedContact Ministry of Environment / CATIE
OthersSupply, Installation and Commissioning of Automatic Agro-meteorological and Hydrological Satellite Stations and GOES R Data Receiving StationReference RunningContact ETESA
GovernanceResponse RecoveryDraft framework law on climate change and update of the policy on climate changeReference runningContact Ministry of Environment
4.Other environmental measures
Waste management and Circular economy / sustainable production and consumptionResponse Recovery RedesignIncentives for the implementation of sustainable economic models, through guides, certification, and diffusion of companies that produce eco-friendly services or productsReference to be developedContact Ministry of Environment/Environmental Performance Verification Directorate
Waste management and Circular economy / sustainable production and consumptionResponse Recovery RedesignPromote the creation of legal and regulatory frameworks that allow the transition to Circular Economy models, emphasizing Responsible Production and Consumption of the populationReference to be developedContact Ministry of Environment/Environmental Performance Verification Directorate
Waste management and Circular economy / sustainable production and consumptionResponseDevelopment of waste management programs at public entities, industry, and general population levelsReference https://basuracero.mupa.gob.pa/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/LEY-33.pdf
https://www.gacetaoficial.gob.pa/pdfTemp/28462_B/GacetaNo_28462b_20180208.pdfContact Ministry of Environment/Environmental Performance Verification Directorate
COVID19 recovery and climate change mitigationRecovery RedesignSouth-South Cooperation with Chilean Government to implement the GHG National Inventories SystemReference under implementationContact Cooperation between the Ministry of Enviroment of Chile and Panama
COVID19 recovery and climate change mitigationResponse RecoverySouth-South Cooperation with the Government of Costa Rica to implement its Country Program of Carbon NeutralityReference under implementationContact Cooperation between the Ministry of Enviroment of Costa Rica and Panama
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