INDIGENOUS and forest-dependent stakeholders of Regions One, Seven, Eight and 10 have made their input into the development of Guyana’s draft REDD+ Strategy and Strategic Social and Environmental Assessment (SESA).
These are all key REDD+ readiness activities included in the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) Project of the Ministry of Natural Resources. Winrock International in partnership with Conservation International Guyana is leading a group of consultants commissioned by the ministry in April 2018, to deliver the final version of the draft Strategy and SESA by October 2019.
During the past two weeks, the consultants presented Draft II at Mabaruma, Kamarang, Paramakatoi and Linden, where stakeholders discussed the six scenarios outlined to reduce drivers of deforestation and forest degradation. These included improved governance and cross-sectoral coordination; making mining and forestry operations more sustainable; and coherent land use planning and policy enforcement. These inputs will feed Draft III of the strategy,
The FCPF facilitated the Chairman of the National Toshaos Council (NTC), Mr Nicholas Fredericks; Ms Laura George of the Amerindian Peoples’ Association (APA) and Mr Michael Williams of the North Rupununi District Development Board (NRDDB), to observe the consultations with Indigenous communities. Both Mr Williams and Ms George suggested that there should be further regional engagements.
Engagements on the Draft REDD+ Strategy will continue with key stakeholder groups drawn from Indigenous non-governmental organisations, private sector, civil society and government.