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Indigenous Climate Change Strategy in Panama

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THE STORY:

We are helping communities build a national-level indigenous strategy on climate change based on traditional knowledge and worldview.

Location: Panama
Partner: National Organization of Indigenous Peoples of Panama (COONAPIP)


Why this project is important:
indigenous peoples are among those most affected by climate change, due to their direct dependence on natural resources and weather patterns. This is particularly true in Panama, where many indigenous communities are located on the coast. In 2008, Kuna communities were struck by serious flooding, and in late 2010, they were again battered by storms and floods. By having their own strategy for climate change, indigenous peoples can take a more proactive approach in addressing these issues.

Background:
Panama retains vast tracts of intact tropical rainforests and was one of the first countries to focus on climate change initiatives such as reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD). Approximately 30% of Panama's forests overlap indigenous territories, however, and so far indigenous peoples have not been adequately involved in developing these programs, which could affect their lands and rights. REDD is just one aspect of the connection between climate change and indigenous issues, however, particularly in Panama. Several indigenous groups live in vulnerable areas near the coast and rivers and their livelihoods depend greatly on forest resources. Communities need to discuss and establish their own strategies to deal with climate change, based on their knowledge about their environment. The goal is for indigenous peoples to build their own agenda and be able to contribute actively to governmental and international initiatives that could affect them and their forests.

What we’re doing:
We have supported a Kuna NGO, the Foundation for the Protection of Traditional Knowledge (FPCI) in a series of workshops and capacity building on REDD, rights and climate change, mostly within Kuna communities. Building on this work, we will be supporting the national indigenous organization, COONAPIP, in developing an indigenous climate strategy with all 11 indigenous areas in Panama.

Did you know?

Approximately 57% of Panama retains forest cover, of which 70% of this is primary forest
•The annual deforestation rate between 1990-2005 was approximately 0.126% per year
•Panama is home to seven indigenous peoples: the Bribri, Bugle, Emberá, Kuna, Naso (or Teribe), Ngobe, and Wounaan, comprising approximately 6% of the total population.
•Indigenous peoples in Panama live in more remote, forested areas both along the coast and in the interior. Most remain close to their traditional practices, relying on the forest for survival.

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