The aim of this project proposal is to follow up on one of the outputs of the ITTO-financed project PD 405/06 Rev.3 (F): “Extending the area under sustainable forest management in the forest lands of the Emberá-Wounaan Comarca, Darien, Panama”, which conducted an analysis and described the institutional, administrative and socio-economic factors leading to illegal logging in the Eastern Region of Panama (Bayano and Darien) and produced a framework document on guidelines and strategies which require immediate institutional action to arrest incremental forest degradation caused by illegal logging practices and other unsustainable activities.
Therefore, the main purpose of this proposal is to contribute to the prevention and control of illegal logging and trade in the Eastern Region of Panama (Bayano and Darien) by strengthening ANAM’s capacity to ensure efficient and effective forest sector management and increased community awareness on forest degradation as a result of illegal logging and related illegal trade in forest products.
This proposal is complementary to an ITTO project on “Tropical Forest Governance in the Region of Darien, Panama” [PD 602/11 Rev.3 (F), which was approved during the 49th Session of the International Tropical Timber Council in Gabon and is expected to start in 2014] as it proposes actions to strengthen ANAM’s institutional capacity through the implementation of an institutional and governance framework for the prevention and control of illegal logging by developing an efficient timber traceability mechanism and promoting responsible forest management and trade in the natural forests of Panama through an awareness campaign on responsible purchasing practices.
The macro outcomes expected at project completion to strengthen ANAM’s management capacities are:
- Development and implementation of an integrated system for the monitoring and control of timber harvesting and trade in the Eastern Region of Panama (Bayano and Darien) as a pilot system to be replicated throughout the country. The system will include monitoring actions in low-intensity harvesting sites and timber traceability up to the storage and marketing stages. A fundamental component in this strengthening process will be the training of ANAM’s personnel in the adequate use of integrated monitoring and control tools for the management, harvesting, production and marketing of timber and timber products.
- Raising community awareness about forest degradation and illegal logging and trade through the design and implementation of an awareness-raising campaign for consumers regarding the positive impact of responsible purchasing practices on the conservation of forest resources in Panama. This campaign will be supplemented by actions aimed at promoting the conclusion of responsible purchasing agreements between key stakeholders of the production and marketing chain.