What are the impacts observed in Guyana?

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?
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The global challenge of deforestation

Mayor 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”

What can we do in Guyana?

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).

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Consequences of deforestation for Guyanese people

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”