A supplement to USA TODAY, prepared by United World Ltd, has recognised Guyana’s effort to pursue a green economy. The 12-page supplement on Guyana, titled ‘Why Guyana?’ examines among others, why the country is “the ideal base to do business in South America and the Caribbean.”It cites among one of the reasons the fact that Guyana is green and peaceful. According to the supplement, Guyana has emerged as a pioneer in green economic policy making. It recognises that the country has taken the lead on important issues like climate change, and is pioneering in green creation, through its Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS) agreement with the Government of Norway.
President Ramotar took the lead on climate change at the Heads Meeting in St. Vincent following which CARICOM Leaders agreed to establish a CARICOM Climate Change Task Force to provide guidance to Caribbean climate change negotiators, their Ministers and the region’s political leaders. The Caribbean Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) along with the CARICOM Secretariat has been tasked with setting up the Task Force and facilitating its work. Heads also reaffirmed the mandate to the CCCCC to develop in partnership with member states, a portfolio of bankable projects eligible for climate financing and to present to the donor community for support.
THE Office of Climate Change (OCC), with support from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), yesterday, hosted a national stakeholders’ consultation for stocktaking assessment and preparation for the project implementation plan for Guyana’s Third National Communications (TNC) under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
Intent on building the capacity of the Village Mangrove Action Committees (VMACs) to ensure the success of the mangrove protection and restoration programme, the Guyana Mangrove Restoration Project (GMRP) in collaboration with the Office of Climate Change (OCC,) conducted a one-day, training and capacity building exercise at the Mangrove Visitors’ Centre at Cove and John, East Coast Demerara on the 22nd August. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Agricultural Research Institute Dr. Oudho Homenauth, Head, European Union (EU), Ambassador Robert Kopecky and Head, OCC Shyam Nokta opened the session this morning, which was aimed at providing the members of the VMACs with better knowledge, understanding and awareness of the existing and potential climate change impact in Guyana.It also involves providing information on the elements of Low Carbon Development, the Guyana-Norway partnership, the Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDs) projects and more importantly, the role of mangroves in mitigation and adaptation to climate change.
Guyana is one of four countries to benefit from a € 2.7 million regional REDD+ project supported by the European Regional Development Fund (FEDER), the French Global Environment Facility (FFEM) and the local government of French Guiana (Région Guyane). The project’s overarching aim is to support the reduction of Greenhouse Gases (GhG) associated with deforestation and forest degradation through information sharing and strengthening the technical capacity of REDD+ focal points and forest service institutions in Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana and the Brazilian State of Amapa.
Britain’s Prince Charles has hailed the historic Guyana-Norway agreement as a good approach in the battle against catastrophic climate change as the world leaders meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark, faces an uphill task trying to strike a meaningful global treaty.The Prince, who has been among international figures backing this country’s climate change model, addressed the high-level opening of the summit Tuesday night, noting that the forests of the world are being “cleared at a terrifying rate.”
Guyana has been building a coalition with other tropical forest countries for next week’s crucial global climate change summit in Copenhagen, Denmark, President Bharrat Jagdeo has announced in Trinidad and Tobago.Guyana and Papua New-Guinea will be co-hosting an event during the summit and this country has been binding with Suriname, Belize, Gabon, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and others in the run-up to Copenhagen, he said during a lecture Monday at the St. Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI).
With the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Guyana and Norway to protect Guyana’s tropical forests yesterday at the bucolic Fairview village, Region Nine, on the banks of the mighty Essequibo River, Guyana could receive as much as US$250M by 2015 to support the implementation of the Low-Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS).The agreement was signed by Head of State Bharrat Jagdeo and the Norwegian Minister of International Development and the Environment, Erik Solheim. The MoU is a declaration of the two countries’ determination to work together to provide the world with a working example of how partnerships between developed and developing countries can save the world’s tropical forests.
President Bharrat Jagdeo of Guyana and Norway’s Minister of the Environment and International Development Erik Solheim today signed a Memorandum of Understanding declaring the two countries’ determination to work together to provide the world with a working example of how partnerships between developed and developing countries can save the world’s tropical forests. “It will be impossible to defeat climate change if we don’t significantly reduce tropical deforestation”, President Jagdeo emphasized. “We said several years ago that the people of Guyana stood ready to play our part in determining how this can be done. We are delighted to work alongside Norway in searching for solutions that align the development aspirations of our people with the urgent need to protect the world’s tropical forests.”
Conservation International Guyana (CIG) and the Office of Climate Change (OCC) hosted a presentation on climate change solutions by Mr. Ralph Ashton on 2009 October 23rd at 1500 hours in the Conference Room at the Cara Lodge, Quamina Street, Georgetown. Mr. Ashton is currently the Convenor and Chairman of Terrestrial Carbon Group at the H. John Heinz III Centre for Science, Economics and the Environment.