1st draft of Guyana’s REDD+ Strategy ready for national consultations

The Natural Resources Ministry will host consultations on the first draft of Guyana’s National REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation) Strategy from March 7-8, 2019, in Georgetown.

Stakeholders making their inputs on the National REDD+ Strategy

Facilitated by the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF-REDD+) Project, this round of consultations include a national two-day workshop with representatives from all ten administrative regions.
It targets stakeholders from Government, Private sector, civil society, indigenous people and forest-dependent communities.
The workshop will provide information on the design of Guyana’s REDD+ Strategy and get stakeholders’ input to improve the draft as well as identify how they can participate in future implementations.
Stakeholders will get the opportunity to express their ideas on what the REDD+ Strategy options for Guyana could look like when implemented and identify gaps in the current designs.
In the coming months, the consultations will extend to Regions One (Barima-Waini), Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) and 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice), after which there will be another round of national cluster workshops in Georgetown to verify the draft strategy.
Last April, the Ministry contracted a consortium led by Winrock International and Conservation International to design Guyana’s REDD+ Strategy and Strategic Environmental and Social Assessment (SESA) report including Environment and Social Management Framework (ESMF).
These are all critical components of Guyana’s REDD+ Readiness Preparation Plan (R-PP) that prepares the country to access future funding to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.