Sustainable Forest Cover Establishment Project

Project Type: 

Afforestation, Reforestation and Revegetation (ARR)


2,458 hectares


Panama Province, Panama

Rainforest Alliance Evaluation: 

Validated conformance with the CarbonFix Standards Version 3.2: December 16, 2013 (RA-VAL-CFS-018456).

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) is the entity of the Government of Panama in charge with the operation, administration, management, preservation, maintenance, and modernization of the Panama Canal. In 1999, the operation of the Panama Canal was turned over to Panama. Since then the ACP has been responsible for the conservation of hydric resources in the watershed, and is also responsible for land-use changes. Currently, there is great concern about the status of the forests in the Panama Canal Watershed (PCW). Forest land in the PCW is commonly converted into agriculture using fires to prepare the site for planting through burning. Because of the poor quality of much of the soil, the agricultural areas are often subsequently converted to pasture land.

The ACP hopes that the implementation of the proposed project will help recover the forested land cover on approximately 10,000 hectares of degraded areas and mitigate water resource problems in the PCW in terms of quantity and quality of the water. With its own funds, the ACP is implementing the project with a focus on promoting forest restoration, forest and biodiversity conservation, and alternative livelihood through reforestation, as well as silvopastoral and agro-forestry systems. So far, close to 3,000 hectares of reforestation projects, and agroforestry and silvopastoral systems have been established in the Project Area. The project estimates these project activities will lead to a removal of 204,902 tCo2e emissions over the course of the 25 year project life time.

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