Georgetown, Guyana – (December 23, 2016) Guyana’s long term energy plan for the transition to the increased use of renewable energy is expected to be presented to Cabinet by mid-January. Minister of Public Infrastructure, Mr. David Patterson, in an invited comment, earlier today, said that “final touches are being made to the draft document” and once Cabinet has had their input, it will be released to the wider public. He also noted that the Government is committed to exploring all avenues for the development of renewable energy in keeping with its ‘green’ development agenda.
President David Granger of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana and Minister of Climate and Environment Vidar Helgesen of the Kingdom of Norway met yesterday on the sidelines of the UN Climate Change Convention in Marrakesh, Morocco, for a very constructive dialogue on the way forward for their forest and climate partnership.
Georgetown, Guyana ( June 10, 2016) – A delegation led by Minister of Natural Resources, Honourable Raphael Trotman heads to the Kingdom of Norway to attend the Oslo REDD Exchange 2016. The forum which is being held from June 14-15, 2016 will bring together high level representatives from around the world to exchange ideas, experiences and perspectives on how best to reduce deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD) to protect tropical forests. During the visit the team will also meet with Minister of Climate and Environment, Honourable Vidar Helgesen to discuss the Guyana/ Norway partnership, examine renewable project opportunities and explore avenues of support for the development of Guyana’s oil and gas sector. Minister Trotman will be accompanied by Chairman of the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) Ms. Jocelyn Dow and Head of Planning and Development Ms. Pradeepa Bholanath, Technical Officer of the Ministry of Natural Resources Ms. Teresa Gaime and Head of the Project Management Office (PMO) at Ministry of the Presidency, Mr. Marlon Bristol.
In November 2009, former President Bharrat Jagdeo and the former Minister of the Environment and International Development of Norway, Hon. Erik Solheim, signed a historic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). In the agreement, Norway has committed in providing Guyana up to US$250M by 2015 for avoided deforestation once certain performance indicators are met. This agreement represents the first international commitment of financial support to the LCDS and was the first partnership of its kind between a developed and developing country. The payments are made based on performance reported by Guyana in the Annual Progress Reports.
Under the MoU, the guidelines for receiving payments and the obligations that Guyana must meet are specified in the accompanying Joint Concept Note (JCN). The MoU is now being implemented and the Government of Norway had since deposited US$150 million, in three tranches, in the World Bank for Guyana.
Norway has committed to providing Guyana up to US$250M to 2015, depending on Guyana’s delivery of results as measured against indicators of enabling activities and of REDD+ Performance.
Financial support will be channelled through a multi-contributor financial mechanism (the Guyana REDD+ Investment Fund, GRIF) for which the World Bank acts as Trustee. The commitment from Norway does not correspond to the maximum funding that Guyana expects to receive as forest payments, or Economic Value to the Nation. As indicated in the LCDS, the financial transfers accruing to the country are expected to scale up until the EVN is reached, but can happen only with the participation of other countries.
Receiving Payments from Norway
Payments from Norway are made performance-based against the two sets of indicators agreed under the MoU. The Office of Climate Change (OCC) and the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) are the two agencies responsible for preparing Guyana's reports on Indicators of Enabling Activities and REDD+ Performance Indicators respectively. The Governments of Guyana and Norway have agreed to have these reports independently verified and assessed as part of the process for receiving payments. Having satisfied the Indicators of the MoU, Guyana has already received five sets of performance based payments totalling US$ 190 million. The OCC and the GFC and currently in the process of preparing reports to facilitate the sixth tranche of payments.
The Government of Norway announced today that it will contribute US$40 million to Guyana for maintaining low deforestation rates and continued improvement in forest governance. The announcement is based on independently verified deforestation and forest degradation rates in 2013 and progress on agreed goals for forest governance reform.
Following the launch of the Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS) in 2009, awareness activities have been conducted by the Office of Climate Change (OCC), with the most recent being held on April 14, in St Ignatius, Region Nine (Upper Takatu-Upper Essequibo). The awareness session held at the St Ignatius Benab saw participants from many villages of Region Nine, including St Ignatius, Moco Moco, Yupukari, Potarinau, Nappi, Kaicumbay, Quarrie, Katoka, Hiowa, Meriwau, Baitoon and Fly Hill.
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.”
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.”