Guyana to Receive Funds for New Environment Initiative

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Aerial, Forest Canopy, Kaieteur Falls, Potaro River, River, Save Your World, Landscape, Guyana, September 2007, Freshwater; GUYANA; South America; Water; fresh water; horizontal; landscape; waterfall; waterfalls; © CI/ photo by John Martin

GEORGETOWN, Guyana – Guyana is receiving US$1.5 million to finance the development of the ‘Green’ State Development Strategy (GSDS).

A government statement said that the financing was approved by the Steering Committee of the Guyana REDD+Investment Fund following the submission of a detailed proposal and work plan.

It said the financing also provides coverage for the development of the GSDS Coordination Desk that would work together with the Department of the Environment (DOE) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to ensure the timely development of the GSDS.
“It is anticipated that the development of the GSDS will be completed by June 2018.

Nationwide consultations and stakeholders’ feedback will guide the development of the seven major themes of the strategy, which are Green inclusive, Structural transformation, Sustainable management of natural resources, Energy, Resilient infrastructure and spatial development, Human development and Governance.”

The authorities said they are now working with several stakeholders including non-government organisations in formulating an education and awareness campaign regarding the project.

“This campaign will ensure that consultations and engagements over the next 12-18 months are informed and constructive,” the statement noted. – CMC

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