The World Bank on Tuesday reiterated its support for Guyana’s climate change thrust as a due diligence mission ended what officials said was a successful field trip as part of the preparatory phase to support this country’s model.During last week, a 22-member team, including bank officials, government, civil society and donor representatives met 16 Amerindian communities at Iwokrama, Nappi and Kamarang to discuss the government’s proposed Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) strategy to keep forests standing, store carbon, and in return, receive payments from the international community.
A five-member World Bank team led by Dr Laurent Debroux, Senior Natural Resource Economist, arrived in Guyana yesterday to conduct a second due diligence study, which will be done through dialogue and observation, on Guyana’s readiness to participate in the Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF).The team, joined by the Bank’s Guyana Representative, Giorgio Valentini, and Country Officer, Karen Devica, immediately began their work by meeting with Agriculture Minister Robert Persaud and several other stakeholders at the Guyana Forestry Commission’s (GFC’s) offices in Kingston, Georgetown, to brief them on their mission and outline the activities they plan to conduct over the period of their stay in Guyana.
FROM popular actor Harrison Ford to Australia’s Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Guyana last week continued to garner support for its Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS) at several key events in New York.President Bharrat Jagdeo was among more than 100 world leaders invited to the special climate change summit convened by United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon and he continued plugging Guyana’s case, building on the country’s high international profile and leadership role in the global climate change battle.
Us-based software company, ESRI, regarded as the world leader in GIS (geographic information system) modelling and mapping software and technology, yesterday firmed up its commitment to Guyana's Low Carbon Development Strategy by commiting to provide the necessary software to this country, as well as the requisite trainign to Guyanaese in the usage of the hi-tech equiptment, so that the world can see at first hand the imagery of Guyana's vast tropical rainforest.
PRESIDENT Bharrat Jagdeo is supplementing the international lobby for Guyana’s climate change model in more interviews with leading global media agencies and newspapers.He has been interviewed by Reuters, one of the largest news agencies in the world, the American TV network CNN, and has met the Editorial Board of the prestigious New York Times on the sidelines of the special climate change summit called yesterday by United Nations Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon.
WITH the clock ticking towards this December’s climate change conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, President Bharrat Jagdeo is optimistic that world leaders are much closer to ‘sealing the deal’ when they meet again in just under 80 days time.His optimism is being fuelled, in part, by the successful outcome of a crucial round-table meeting he co-chaired yesterday with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown at the United Nations headquarters in New York.
Austrailian Prime Minister, the Hon. Kevin Rudd has lauded Guyana’s leadership on climate change.In a meeting with President Jagdeo in New York on Monday, Prime Minister Rudd expressed his country’s interest in collaborating with Guyana in the global effort to address climate changePresident Jagdeo also took the opportunity to outline Guyana’s Low Carbon Development Strategy.President Jagdeo and Prime Minister Rudd are in New York for, among other things, today’s High Level Meeting on Climate Change convened by UN Secretary General, Mr Ban Ki-Moon, in the framework of the 64th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
NEW YORK, Sept 21 (Reuters) - The president of Guyana wants to turn his country into one of the world's most environmentally progressive countries by preserving vast swaths of tropical rain forest -- if rich nations pay for it.To help prevent climate change, Bharrat Jagdeo told Reuters in an interview, he could keep intact some 37 million acres (15 million hectares) of mostly untouched rain forest in the South American country by being paid an annual fee of up to $580 million .
GUYANA’S leadership role in climate change is gaining more international recognition and the momentum is building with President Bharrat Jagdeo’s participation in high-level meetings next month.
The country’s standing was further buoyed last week with United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hailing the work by Mr. Jagdeo and the country to combat climate change.
(OFFICE OF CLIMATE CHANGE) -- The Guyana Manufacturers and Services Association Ltd (GMSA) has endorsed the draft Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS), saying it shows an overall appreciation of the development thrust of the manufacturing sub sector in the forest industry.The association, in a position paper drawn up by Mr. Rustum Bulkan, Chairman of its Wood sub-sector group, says the strategy is in accordance with the focal areas pinpointed over the years as essential for the future advancement of this sub sector.