Guyana REDD Network
Welcome to the Guyana REDD Network home page on REDD-Plus! The Network is designed to encourage networking and collaboration among REDD-Plus users interested in REDD in Guyana. The Network allows users to share news, ideas, links and analysis. Group members will be automatically notified of posts to the Group blog. Group members may also submit relevant posts by clicking on the 'Create Group blog post' tab on the Group home page. When you are done and click 'Publish', the submission will immediately appear in the Group blog, as well as in your own personal blog (which is created automatically when you register). The latest Group blog posts are shown below.
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In April, Guyana submitted a revised Readiness Preparation Proposal (R-PP), which provides an overview of the country's planned strategy for developing REDD Readiness. The Proposal is available on the Guyana Forestry Commission website. The preparation of an R-PP is a requirement for financial support under the World Bank's Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF). Among other issues, the R-PP highlights Guyana's Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS) and its REDD partnership with Norway.
Guyana is a country with massive, and largely unspoiled, forest resources, totalling some 18.6 million hectares. A new report, titled "Forest Law Enforcement and Governance and Forest Practices in Guyana," has been published jointly by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and the Iwokrama International Centre for Rainforest Research.
Today's Stabroek News has a follow-up article on gold and diamond miners' grievances with Guyana's Government, which recently led to protests in the town of Bartica. The miners were protesting new regulatory measures facing the sector, which they believe are linked to the Government's Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS) and its recent agreement with Norway on REDD. The article provides further details of the new regulations, including cash deposit and capital equipment requirements , facing the sector. Many of the miners believe that the new regulations are designed in part to encourage consolidation within the sector among larger scale operators, which would ease the job of monitoring environmental performance within the sector.
New domestic fault-lines are beginning to emerge in the politics of REDD. On 1 February, in what may be one of the world's first sizeable demonstrations against the introduction of REDD-related regulations, some 4,000 miners blocked access to the town of Bartica in northern Guyana. The miners were protesting proposed new regulations that would require waits of up to six months for the approval of mining permits. Guyana's President Bharrat Jagdeo has also warned against the continued use of mercury in gold mining. On behalf of the miners, Tony Shields, secretary of the Gold and Diamond Miners Association, told Tierramérica that the rules were "unenforceable" and "ridiculous, to say the least."