The project will be presented by Panama during the XLIX session of ITTO, which will take place from November 25 to 30 in Libreville, Gabon (Central Africa), the Panamanian Foreign Ministry detailed in a statement.
The Swiss government's support was made official during a courtesy meeting held on Thursday by the Swiss ambassador, Pedro Zwahlen, to Foreign Minister Fernando Núñez, in the office of the head of Panamanian diplomacy. The Panamanian project, called "Forest Governance of the Tropical Forests of the Darien Region", was prepared by specialists from the National Environmental Authority and formulated by the World Wildlife Fund and seeks to reduce illegal logging in that region eastern part of the country with a budget of $ 616,603.
ITTO is an intergovernmental organization that has 59 members, between producer countries such as Panama, and consumer or donor countries, such as Switzerland.
During the meeting, the producing countries will present their projects, which will be evaluated by the International Tropical Timber Council, which will finally announce the projects to be financed.
ITTO promotes the conservation, management, use and sustainable trade of tropical forest resources and collectively owns around 80% of the world's tropical forests and accounts for 90% of the global tropical timber trade.
In Panama, there is currently a residue of primary forests that add up to about 3.1 million hectares of extension, or what is the same, 42% of the total national demarcation, where there is rich biodiversity and it is potential of services to the communities and the productive sector. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, these forests are very important as a source of firewood, the cheapest form of energy.
Most of the firewood comes from natural forests and, to a lesser extent, from plantations, pastures and areas close to homes.
It is estimated that 60% of the population uses firewood as energy, with a total consumption of 930,011 m3 / year (domestic and industrial consumption), which indicates the high demand for this resource and the pressure to which the forests are subject.
Reason that motivated the Government to sign an agreement with civil society, with the goal of formalizing the public-private pact to reforest 1,000,000 hectares in Panama in the next 20 years.
This initiative will be carried out in the protective forests of water sources and in the gallery forests that exist in the country.