REDD+ Project in Punta Patiño

Panama
02
May

REDD+ Project in Punta Patiño

In cooperation with Ancon, we finalized a study to map future areas that fit respective requirements for the implementation of a REDD+ project within the punta patiño private natural reserve in Panama. We mapped and classified forest and non-forest land use areas of the reserve. Zoning of primary forests, secondary forests and non-forest areas was accomplished by using state-of-the-art drone technology and satellite image analysis. The results indicated a high environmental value due to the great diversity of fauna and flora as the reserve has an important coverage of primary forest and mangrove. Nevertheless, the multi-temporal satellite image analysis shows that deforestation and degradation near villages has increased. Therefore, the implementation of a REDD+ project may assist in conserving forest areas and reducing carbon emissions. Further recommendations on the economic potential of respective forest based commodities were given in a designed business plan. Thereby, all technical recommendations of potential sustainable agricultural or forestry activities are compatible with the conservation strategy in non-forest areas. The two commodities selected are coco trees and honey.

 

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