Panama - Deliver National Methane Roadmap and SLCP Roadmap Focused on Black Carbon


Panama is a country of 4.15 million inhabitants as of 2018. The government has approved the Paris Agreement and adopted the Sustainable Development Goals. Panama is a carbon-negative country because its forests capture more carbon than it generates. 

Still, the country is designing a National Strategy for Low Carbon Social and Economic Development for 2050 to plan for future growth options compatible with low emissions. The top three methane emission sources in 2017 were enteric fermentation  53%, solid waste (39%), and wastewater (28%).

Panama has identified the need for financial resources to develop tools that measure GHG emissions in the agriculture sector and formulate policy for the waste sector. Panama has also identified the need for strengthening technical assistance to evaluate the viability of mitigation measures. 

Accordingly this project will study the energy, waste, and agriculture sectors to evaluate the viability of SLPC mitigation, mainly for methane and black carbon.

This project aims to support Panama’s Ministry of Environment in developing and endorsing a short-lived climate pollutant (SLCP) and methane roadmap with the aim of strengthening Panama’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) and air quality plans. 


The project aims to: 

  • Increase the capacity of the Government of Panama to:
    • Assess and model their SLCP emissions, to prioritise and implement mitigation measures, and to track progress.
    • Coordinate SLCP planning
  • Develop a methane roadmap that can be endorsed by the Government of Panama.



To achieve these objectives the project will:

  • Design a participatory process and hold a kick-off workshop to set up sectoral working groups. 
  • Create an integrated SLCP and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory.
  • Develop an analysis of SLCP mitigation measures, considering costs and means of implementation.
  • Hold a workshop to validate the mitigation measures analysis and prioritise the measures.
  • Develop an SLCP action plan for the practical use of the Ministry of Environment.
  • Develop a monitoring and evaluation framework of methane mitigation pathways
  • Hold sectoral meetings and a workshop to discuss and validate the methane roadmap.
  • Develop and launch the endorsed Methane Roadmap.

Project reference: Panama - Deliver National Methane Roadmap and SLCP Roadmap Focused on Black Carbon [PA-22-002]