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.
INSTITUTIONAL STRENGTHENING IN SUPPORT OF GUYANA'S LOW CARBON DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY (LCDS): GY-G1002
Opt-In Mechanism Pilot
Reference No.: OCC-C6
The Government of Guyana (GOG) has received funding from the Guyana REDD+ Investment Fund (GRIF) for the project "Institutional Strengthening in Support of Guyana's Low Carbon Development Strategy and intends to apply part of the proceeds for consulting services." The project aims to assist in enhancing national institutional capacity in Guyana to address the impacts of Climate Change, ensure the effective implementation of the Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS),
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.
Desertification, an issue integrally linked to the climate change agenda, was discussed Saturday when Executive Secretary of the United National Convention on Combating Desertification (UNCCD), Luc Gnacadja, met President Jagdeo at State House.
President Bharrat Jagdeo meeting Executive Secretary of the United National Convention on Combating Desertification (UNCCD) Luc Gnacadja. Also in photo is Coordinating Regional Officer of the UNCCD in Latin America Heitor Matallo
The Executive Secretary was accompanied by Coordinating Regional Officer of the UNCCD in Latin America, Heitor Matallo, in the talks which addressed ways of tackling land degradation and mitigating the effect of drought through sustainable land management and land rehabilitation.
QUOTE:“Guyana is at the forefront of the REDD negotiations…It’s a test case for REDD. Given the challenges in Guyana, good governance, transparency and strong oversight must be the watchwords of any deal. This meeting gives us a chance to find out if Guyana’s plan will really work.” - Dr. Rosalind Reeve, Forest Campaign Manager at Global Witness.
PRESIDENT Bharrat Jagdeo yesterday cleared up several misconceptions about this country’s Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS) at a meeting in London hosted by the campaign group Global Witness.
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.
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.
NORWAY’S Minister of the Environment, Erik Solheim, has defended his country’s support for the United Nations Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD), a model for which his country is also working on with Guyana.His defence came in response to an article in the Guardian newspaper of London last week.
In an unprecedented display of cooperation between developed and developing countries on climate change, eighteen Heads of State gathered at UN headquarters in New York to publicly express their commitment and support for REDD – Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in developing countries.They asserted that the new climate change agreement to be negotiated in Copenhagen must address in an effective and equitable way the role of forests as a mitigation option.