The following analysis applies a land and resource tenure assessment framework to evaluate four elements of successful land-use based climate change mitigation activities. The assessment focuses on how tenure relates to: 1) identifying relevant stakeholders; 2) understanding and adapting land and forest policy incentive mechanisms; 3) clarifying rights to benefit and understanding rights associated to carbon; and 4) engaging stakeholders through free, prior and informed consent (FPIC). The consideration of FPIC throughout this assessment is in relation to the national legal framework of Panama and does not reflect a position of the US Government on FPIC.
The analysis was undertaken for the USAID Central America Regional Climate Change Program (RCCP), and complementary analyses were undertaken in Honduras and Guatemala. The analysis applies analytical tools developed by USAID through the Property Rights and Resource Governance (PRRG) and Tenure and Global Climate Change (TGCC) programs to guide each of these areas of inquiry. It is designed for use by policy makers, donors, and project implementers in Panama to better understand how tenure can be a constraining factor into the success of the current REDD+ plans.
This assessment is also available in Spanish / disponible en español.