REDD Panama 2011 - Joseph Masacaro / High-resolution carbon mapping for REDD+
Beyond Forest Cover:High-resolution Carbon Mapping for REDD+ JOE MASCARO, GREG ASNER, HELENE MULLER-LANDAU ET AL. DEPARTMENT OF GLOBAL ECOLOGY CARNEGIE INSTITUTION FOR SCIENCE SMITHSONIAN TROPICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Panama is a Thriving Economy Panama had the highest 2008 GDP (both per- capita and absolute) among all Central American nations (FAO).
Deforestation in PanamaOver the period from 2000 to 2010, Panama experienced 0.4% forest loss per year(FAO), a lower relative rate than all but one Central American nation, and a declinefrom forest loss in the previous decade.Net changes in forest cover mask a higher loss of primary forest, however—much ofwhich is balanced by secondary re-growth and plantations.Understanding these relative changes, beyond simply forest cover, is essential tomonitoring the welfare of carbon stocks and emission in support of REDD.
Acknowledgements The CAO is made possible by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the W.M. Keck Foundation, and William R. Hearst III. Additional funding from HSBC, the Andrew Mellon Foundation, the Grantham Foundation, the NASA Biodiversity Program, and the National Science Foundation The CAO team includes Dave Knapp, Guayana Paez- Acosta, Ty Kennedy-Bowdoin, James Jacobson, John Clark, Robin Martin, Aravindh Balaji, and others.