President schools German International broadcaster on LCDS
THE international acclaim which Guyana has been receiving, particularly through its efforts to promote forest protection and biodiversity, continues to attract widespread attention. The country’s intact forest and revolutionary Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS) have attracted the attention of Deutsche Welle TV, a renowned international broadcaster in Germany.
The television station is at present working on a documentary focusing on the efforts of developing countries in tackling climate change which it expects to be aired around Europe by mid September.
Journalist Christoph Kober and cameraman Axel Warnstedt recently concluded a venture to the Rupununi where they were able to discover the social life of the Amerindians and the operations of logging concessions.
And on Thursday they met the pioneer of Guyana’s LCDS, President Bharrat Jagdeo, and were educated on the concept and rationale behind Guyana’s development model during a one-on-one interview at the Guyana International Conference Centre (GICC).
President Jagdeo spoke of the international support which Guyana has received for its revolutionary strategy, making reference to Norway which has been recognised for its stance on forest protection.
The Head of State expounded on the two-fold objectives of the strategy, to promote forest protection and preservation without hampering the economic prosperity of the nation and use the financial rewards to invest in adaptation and mitigation measures, alternative energy and technology transfers.
When asked by the German journalist how assertive he was that Guyana’s model is convincing to the international community, the president pointed to the agreement with Norway for US$250M up to 2015 for the country’s forest protection.
Additionally, in April Guyana and Germany signed an agreement for financial cooperation totaling five million Euros (equivalent to G$1.36B) available to fund the protection of one of the most important ecosystems of the world.
President Jagdeo, however, lamented the lengthy time taken by some international financial institutions to process financial transfer mechanisms and the impacts which such mundane moves have on development projects.
Deutsche Welle (German Wave) broadcasts to overseas market, through satellite and cable operators throughout. It has a satellite television service (DW-TV), that is available in four languages.