Finalisation of workshops for Community Outreach brings Guyana a step closer to REDD+ implementation

As part of the project “Consultation and Stakeholder Engagement on REDD+ & Readiness Activities in Guyana,” a second round of community cluster workshops and meetings have been implemented in Regions 1, 7, 9 and 10. Indigenous and forest-dependent communities covered in this phase held during the months of July and August were Linden, Ituni Kwakwani, Lethem, Shulinab, Aishalton, Mabaruma  and Kamarang.

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Forests and Wellbeing – Guyanese Forests’ Future is Vital to Our Own

By: Jaime Fernandez

Forests are among the most valuable ecosystems of our Earth. They support a rich and diverse network of habitats and wildlife. Approximately 80% of all plants and animals that exist on dry land can be found in forests. Worldwide, three hundred million people live in forests and 1.6 billion depend on such an ecosystem for their livelihood.

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The Best Guardians of our Forests: What it Takes to Protect Forests Effectively

By: Nadine Kirchhartz

We have all heard how important our forests are because their conservation is essential to climate protection, not only for us in Guyana, but also for the planet. This is particularly true for Guyana because our forest is pristine, highly biodiverse, and able to store three times as much carbon per hectare as most other Amazon forests.

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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

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”

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”