Since 2008, Guyana has been at the forefront of the move toward an international REDD+ programme to reorient Guyana’s economy on to a low–carbon path. Continue reading “The REDD + programme”
Climate change is a serious threat especially to the developing world, such as Guyana. It has become a major obstacle in many dimensions of poverty alleviation efforts.
Many of the developing countries are heavily dependent on a nature-based economy, such as agriculture, being the most climate-sensitive of all economic sectors.
Their low incomes and vulnerabilities make adaptation to climate change particularly difficult.
Who is responsible for this phenomenon?
Continue reading “What are the impacts observed in Guyana?”
Major trends show that the global population is likely to increase to 8.2 billion people in 2030, predominantly in urban areas.
What does that mean?
In a nutshell, it implies a growing demand for land and natural resources, i.e. agricultural and forest products, due to the increased per capita consumption of food and increased urbanization in the future. Continue reading “The global challenge of deforestation”
Our country has a long and proud history of forest conservation, with our indigenous peoples as the original stewards and conservators over their 7000-year-long legacy of wise use and accumulated traditional knowledge.
We are one of the examples of a high forest cover and have maintained one of the lowest deforestation rates on Earth (after peaking at 0.079% in 2012 the rate constantly dropped, reaching 0.048% in 2017).
German Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt – UBA)
Drivers of Deforestation and Forest Degradation: A Synthesis Report for REDD+ Policymakers
Forest Carbon Partnership Facility
This synthesis report investigates activities (drivers) that lead to deforestation and forest degradation. It explores the relevance of drivers in REDD+ policy development and implementation, key interventions to address driver activity, the role of drivers for national forest monitoring and for developing REDD+ forest reference (emission) levels.
Roles of forests in climate change
Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations
Forests have four major roles in climate change: they currently contribute about one-sixth of global carbon emissions when cleared, overused or degraded; they react sensitively to a changing climate.
Impacts of Future Climate Change
Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS) Guyana
What is REDD+?
The REDD Desk
IPCC Reports for policy-makers
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
The IPCC was created to provide policymakers with regular scientific assessments on climate change, its implications and potential future risks, as well as to put forward adaptation and mitigation options.
Forests and Climate Change
Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)
Forests and climate change is an important theme of CIFOR’s work. They investigate how to improve forest management and grow global tree cover to benefit the environment and livelihoods. The report “Transforming REDD+: Lessons and new directions”, particularly, provides a critical, evidence-based analysis of REDD+ implementation so far.
By destroying our forests, we reduce our own quality of life, gamble with the stability of climate and local weather, threaten the existence of other species, and undermine the valuable services provided by biological diversity. The loss of our forests causes wide-reaching problems, affecting not only wild plants and animals but human beings as well.
Lives and livelihoods are at risk due to consequences of deforestation like: Continue reading “Consequences of deforestation for Guyanese people”