Panama Rainforest Tribes Settle UN REDD Dispute

12 December 2013

The country’s US$5.8 million scheme to protect its forests can now resume, safeguarding one of the nation’s most valuable assets, which have steadily declined over the century. In 2010, Panama’s rainforests covered approximately 45% of the country, or 3,364,591 hectares, down from 70% cover in 1947.

The reconciliation between the nation’s government and Coonapip, the coordinating group for seven indigenous tribes, was announced yesterday in Geneva, after a year-long conflict over the role of indigenous people in protecting the land’s native forests.

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