Guyana leads the way for Intact Forest Landscapes

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Almost 90 percent of Guyana’s roughly 750,000 residents live in coastal areas outside of the forests, which contributes to the preservation of the country’s intact forest landscape. Over the past two decades, deforestation rates in Guyana have ranged from between 0.02 percent to 0.079 percent – far less than many other tropical countries. The full article is available here…

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Valuing Guyana’s Forests

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Guyana’s “high forest cover – low deforestation status” signifies a high level for its contribution towards global efforts aimed at 1) reducing carbon emissions 2) containing the build-up of greenhouse gases and, 3) preventing global warming and climate change. Keeping Guyana’s forest cover intact therefore provides environmental services for the global community and, as a small poor developing country, it should be compensated for this contribution.

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High resolution map shows extent of forest loss

The highest resolution forest loss map to date is today published in the journal Science. The global map includes deforestation across the world including Guyana since 2000, at a resolution of 30m. The collaboration between the University of Maryland, NASA and Google Inc is the first of its kind, and the data will be freely available from January 2014.

See the interactive map here: http://earthenginepartners.appspot.com/science-2013-global-forest

Source: Hansen, M.C., Potapov, P.V., Moore, R., Hancher, M., Turubanova, S.A., Tyukavina, A., Thau, D., Stehman, S.V., Goetz, S.J., Loveland, T.R., Kommareddy, A., Egorov, A., Chini, L., Justice, C.O. & Townshend, J.R.G. (2013) High-resolution global maps of 21st-century forest cover change. Science, 342, 850-853.

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Indigenous People send message to UN on International Day of Forest

Under the COBRA (Community Owned Best practice for sustainable Resource Adaptive management in the Guiana Shield, South America) project, communities of the North Rupununi have made a video highlighting the importance of their forests for their livelihoods. The film which was produced, written an edited by the community members demonstrates the excellent work of project COBRA.

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Guyana says it will receive an additional $45 million in cash from Norway as a reward for protecting its Amazonian rainforest.

President Donald Ramotar says the money will help fund a hydroelectric project in central Guyana and provide electricity and Internet service in remote jungle communities.

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The Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) is pleased to release, the second performance report on Interim Measures for Reducing Emissions for Deforestation and Forest Degradation Plus (REDD+), under Guyana’s Monitoring Reporting and Verification System (MRVS).

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A team from the Government of Guyana, headed by Shyam Nokta, Presidential Adviser and Head of the Office of Climate Change is currently in Suriname as part of collaboration between the two countries on climate change and REDD+. Neighbouring Suriname, like Guyana, is also formulating policies to counter the impact of climate change and has developed its own strategy to position the country to tap into REDD+ programs.

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Guyana’s Forests and the World’s Climate Get a $250m Boost From Norway – Conservation International.

Agreement between the two nations is of colossal importance for global climate change negotiations and was made possible with the help of Conservation International.

A monumental agreement signed today between Norway and Guyana will mean that up to $250million will be invested in protecting Guyana’s forests to tackle climate change. It is the first time that a nation with a history of conservation will be financially rewarded its continuing efforts to mitigate climate change through protecting its forests.