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Major projects

Since that is the convergence healthy  CATIE´s Panama NTO have developed several projects. Highlights include the Forest and Forest Management in Central America ( FINNFOR ) Cocoa Central Project (CCP ), the silvopastoral systems for adaptation and mitigation of climate change and Agroambiental Mesoamerican Program (AMP ) . To these must be added five more projects some of which are nearing completion in the year 2013 , while others extend through 2014 , inclusive. Take a look at our projects !.

Forests and Forest Management in Central America ( Finnfor ) . In its first phase is defined as a regional project for the seven countries of Central America ( Guatemala , Honduras , El Salvador , Belize, Nicaragua , Costa Rica and Panama , plus the tri Trifinio territory ) . The project aims to strengthen and multiply the sustainable use and management of forest ecosystems , including natural and secondary forests , plantations, agroforestry systems , and the integration of forest management in landscapes.

FINNFOR also contributes to the implementation of regional - PERFOR processes particularly within the Central American Integration System . The aim is that the actors associated with the forest sector in Central America have relevant technical and scientific information , technical capabilities and improved negotiation , alliances and networks that provide the basis for equitable production and , economically and environmentally sustainable goods and services forest through value chains related with them . This project completed its first phase in March 2012.

Central American Cacao Project ( CCP ). It is a regional project for the seven countries of Central America ( Guatemala , Honduras , El Salvador , Belize, Nicaragua , Costa Rica and Panama .) The objective of this project is that at least 6,000 farm families , organizations and governments (indigenous, municipal national and regional ) collaborate to increase productivity, competitiveness and the provision of environmental services in the cocoa sector in six countries in Central America.

Silvopastoral systems for adaptation and mitigation of climate change. This project is developed in the Arco Seco in the central region of Panama , climatic zone high vulnerability. For this, the CATIE spun different initiatives ranging from the La Villa river system to the development of small projects and direct assistance to farmers through the work of the Programme of Livestock and the Environment Management ( GAMMA ) . In 2011 began the studies were funded by FONTAGRO ; these about 1,000 farmers in the basin of the river La Villa, which , in carrying out their traditional practices are affected by bad weather were treated .

Agroambiental Mesoamerican Program (AMP ) . Through the program , in Panama have been funded and assisted seven initiatives with local partners to implement and extend the techniques and approaches of livelihood to multiply ecologically sound , economically competitive and socially equitable use of natural resources and the management and sustainable land use ( MST). The end was approaching a human being of rural families and reduce vulnerability to climate change. The initiatives have been developed in Azuero ( 2 ) Bocas del Toro ( 2 ) Darien ( 1 ) and Veraguas ( 2).

AMP projects implemented with local partners :




Implementation of silvopastoral systems in selected farms (2009 )


Average Chucunaque River Basin

Determination of critical areas to stop the degradation of land in the watershed of the Rio La Villa . ( 2009 )


River basin The Villa , Los Santos

Technical guidelines for environmental management of the private reserve management Juventino Frías Oda and proposed biological corridor for conservation in the Azuero Peninsula (2009 )



Capacity building of people from the top of the Santa Maria River Basin to develop and adopt technologies and partnerships to climate change .

Program Promotion and Social Development


Top of the Santa Maria River Basin

Conservation and productive recovery of the watershed of La Quebrada rush and organizational strengthening of the communities involved :

Asociación Panamá Verde

Bocas del Toro, Loma Bonita, Loma Muleto y San Juan Junco



Impact on climate change issues and adoption of agroecological for environmental improvement and poverty in rural communities Cañazas technologies.


Veraguas, Los Paredón communities guarumos

Cocoa Conservation to promote the sustainable use and management of natural resources in communities in the buffer zone of PILA in Bocas del Toro.


Bocas del Toro, communities Siliko Creek and Northern

Other recent or ongoing projects 







Establishment of an Integrated System of Continuous Training for Technical and Administrative Personnel of the Institutions of Public Sector Agricultural




Ministry of Agricultural Development




Completed in October 2012


Strengthening the management and entrepreneurship indigenous companies PRODEI


Indigenous Business Development Program

Ministry of Commerce and Industry





Culminates in September 2013

Development of the Integrated Management Plan Watershed Chiriqui Viejo River and Study of Present and Future Climate Variability and Change Vulnerability and Adaptation Measures Design in River Basins Chiriquí Viejo River Basin and San Pablo .








National Environmental Authority






Ends in March 2014

Total Economic Valuation Study

major services provided by mangroves in the Gulf of Chiriqui and Wetland of International Importance Gulf


Montijo - Panamá




Fundación MarViva




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Who are we 

Panama is a member country of the CATIE since 1974, was one of the first to join in the 80s and 90s, our presence in Panama was made through large regional projects or programs.

Since 2000, CATIE has a Technical and Administrative Office in Panama led by a representative who coordinates, manages and develops the core activities of CATIE nationwide, supported by an administrative assistant. The NTO Panama is part of the institutional structure of the CATIE and responds to the Division of Outreach and Development, which in conjunction with the Services Management and Provision Unit (SMPU), develops aspects of Innovation for Development

We also have a team of key partners and allies of governmental, private and scientific sectors that conform our National Advisory Committee.

There is close coordination among CATIEs scientists Programs and Panama NTO. Similarly, we coordinate with the Graduate School in the promotion and monitoring of racing and training.

We have a large number of partners and strategic allies. 36% belong to non-government sector, 15% are institutions of government and the other 15% are especially linked to forestry companies.

What we do at CATIE’s Panama NTO:

The Panama NTO develops work in rural areas of the country spreading their efforts to the provinces of Los Santos , Herrera and Azuero, the region of NgäbeBuglé and important watershed planning. These , on time , are some of our efforts in Panama OTN CATIE.
  • Azuero region ( provinces of Herrera and Los Santos ) . The emphasis in the presentation and development of forest grazing for livestock alternatives supported by this program Livestock and the Environmental Management ( GAMMA ) .
  • Darien province ( border with Colombia ) . Work alternative forest management of natural forests in coordination with local and international partners. The achievements in this area occurred with the Forests and Forest Management Project in Central America ( Finnfor ) .
  • Atlantic and border with Costa Rica . Themed work by Cocoa Cocoa project in Central , with the direct to COCABO cooperative partners. Additionally, with resources Agroambiental Mesoamerican Program (MAP ) have developed small projects with local partners highlighting the role of youth and women .
  • The NgäbeBuglé region. In what is one of the areas of greatest environmental and social vulnerability focus efforts on the development of operations and the preparation of proposals with local partners to improve food security and establish measures to adapt to climate variability and change.
  • Watershed Panama Canal . CATIE has studied design management plan for some of the sub - basins that make up the area of the country's largest drainage.
  • River Basins of Santa María , La Villa, Resume and Chiriqui Viejo. Have been or are sites of action of CATIE , either because they work with local partners or have participated in the development of management plans or ius system. In the case of Chiriquí Viejo , is a plan that began in this year 2013.