Representatives of the seven countries of Central America and the Dominican Republic met in Panama on January 30 and 31 for a technical dialogue to exchange experiences, identify and prioritize activities for the conservation, management and restoration of forest landscapes that contribute to the achievement of their commitments on climate change.
In addition, expert advice, technical dialogue and exchange of experiences on how to overcome potential challenges in implementing LULUCF activities that contribute to the NDC ((Nationally Determined Contribution)goal were facilitated, including opportunities for strengthening institutional arrangements, implementation plans and monitoring systems.
Additionally, a space was provided for countries to reflect on the measures identified in their NDCs, and to identify challenges and opportunities for their measurement and reporting.
Due to extreme vulnerability to climate change, Central American countries have developed measures to address it in their Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). In their NDCs, the countries of the region recognize that forests play a priority role in climate change mitigation and adaptation and contribute significantly to the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Ecosystem and landscape restoration ensures important ecosystem services for people and strengthens resilience to the effects of climate change. Therefore, the governments of the region, within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDA) and the Nationally Determined Contributions to the Paris Agreement (NDC), give high priority to ecosystem and landscape restoration as an adaptation strategy to climate change.
The event was jointly organized by the World Bank's Program on Forests (PROFOR), the World Bank, the Green Development Fund for the SICA region, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the NDC Partnership.
The Green Development Fund for the SICA region funded by the European Union and the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany, supports the consolidation and integration of financing, implementation and monitoring mechanisms at regional level and provides resources to finance ecosystem restoration projects in priority landscapes. It focuses on the improvement of ecosystem services that are essential for adaptation to climate change, facilitating spaces for dialogue that promote the conservation, management and restoration of forest landscapes by supporting the fulfillment of the region´s international commitments.
The Green Development Fund for the SICA region/ REDD Landscape is a regional program financed by the European Union together with the Federal Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Germany (BMU) and implemented by the Deutsche gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in coordination with CCAD. Its objective is to reduce vulnerability to climate change in degraded areas of Central America and the Dominican Republic through ecosystem and landscape restoration.
 The NDCs (planned and nationally determined contributions) publicly present the countries' plans under the Paris Agreement to contribute to international efforts to ensure a sustainable future for all by keeping global temperature increase well below 2 degrees Celsius, compared to pre-industrial levels, with a preference that this limit not exceed 1.5 degrees.