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WWF Head for Latin America/Caribbean lauds Guyana’s LCDS

Minister Robert Persaud sits at the head table as he addresses the gathering

GEORGETOWN –Head of Latin America/Caribbean Program of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) US, Robert Troya commended Guyana for its proposal for growth and development based on the Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS). He has acknowledged that a low carbon economy is one that not many countries are willing to take on as a development strategy.

He was at the time addressing the members of the Regional Steering Committee of the Guianas Sustainable Natural Resources Management Project, at a meeting at the Grand Coastal Inn, East Coast; where the results, conclusions and recommendations of the last year’s project were discussed.

Chairman/Regional Representative of WWF-Guianas, Dominiek Plouvier, indicated that the Guiana Sustainable Natural Resource Management project is in the third year of its four-year life, and receives funding from the Dutch Government, the French FFAM, WWF Netherlands and WWF France.

In attendance at the meeting was Minister of Agriculture, Robert Persaud, who stated that the committee had convened at a time when the effects of climate change are continuously occurring and put many vulnerable communities at risk.

He added that even though climate change continues to be a real and major issue for Guyana; the country has demonstrated its strong willingness to adapt to the challenging conditions by re-positioning national development priorities along a low carbon path.

He emphasized that the re-positioning process is achievable through visionary leadership of President Bharrat Jagdeo. The process is a commitment to good governance, and has the full support of Guyanese who insist that use of renewable natural resources be done in keeping with the best social and environmental practices.

Minister Persaud pointed out that President Jagdeo recently presented the updated version of Guyana’s LCDS, which focused on stakeholders’ feedback obtained through a number of transparent consultations held countrywide.

With the LCDS established as the national developmental model of the country, ‘Guyana can be considered a model maker’. With organizations like the WWF and other similar entities supporting the implementation of the model, other countries with similar national circumstances can replicate Guyana’s model, he noted.

In negotiations with Norway, Guyana stands to earn US $250 M by 2015; from results based payments aimed at reducing emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, which would be used in the implementation of the LCDS.

“It is opportune for the WWF Guianas project to undergo a reformulation to make it more aligned to providing support to the wider objectives of the LCDS and Reduced Emission from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) initiatives,” Minister Persaud stated.

He urged the participants to vigorously advocate for a new international agreement that recognizes the vital role of sustainable natural resource management in mitigating the negative impacts of climate change.

He also emphasized the need for the committee to immediately seek financial and technical support and guidance to assist in navigating un-chartered territories such as REDD+ and the Monitoring, Reporting and Verification System (MRVS), as these would enable the committee to make a difference in the quest to reduce global warming.

Representatives of the WWF Guianas from Guyana, Suriname, France, the Netherlands and French Guiana (Cayenne) and other stakeholders were present at the meeting. (GINA)

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