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Blunt talk on protecting forests to combat climate change

What exactly is the hold-up in terms of Norway's forestry assistance to Guyana, which Guyana's president Bharrat Jagdeo complained about last week during a panel sponsored by

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December 19, 2010

Jagdeo upset at ‘junk economics’ report

Angered by a report which suggested that the Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS) is based on advice that could be described as ‘junk economics,” President Bharrat Jagdeo has accused Rainforest Foundation UK of being stuck in the colonial-era mentality.
International consultants, McKinsey and Company, have provided services to Guyana and other countries in the context of a global plan to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, called REDD, which was agreed to at the just ended UN Climate Summit in Cancun.

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December 14, 2010

Cancun forest deal lacks details on financing

The UN Climate Summit in Cancun, which ended last weekend, has agreed on a deal that would get rich countries to pay poor countries like Guyana to protect forests, but explicit details on where the money would come from, who will get paid and how the scheme would be monitored were left out.
A decision on the forest protection scheme called REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation) was highly anticipated in Cancun, and when the meeting ended there was a decision, but not a clear enough one.

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December 9, 2010

Climate: Speaking the Truth on Avoided Deforestation and Warming in Cancún

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10 November 2010

UK consultant notes are irresponsible and unprofessional

I wish to refer to an article in the Stabroek News under the caption “Annual Progress Report on REDD-Plus enablers – 2010 – for the Norway-Guyana MOU” by John Palmer (read here) in its issue of Thursday November 4, 2010. Allow me to raise the following points:

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November 4, 2010

Annual Progress Report on REDD-plus enablers – 2010 – for the Norway-Guyana MoU

John Palmer is a consultant to the UK Government on planning of global forest research and former manager of the UK Government’s tropical forestry research programme.

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29 October 2010

World Bank, IDB pledge to work quickly to fund Amerindian projects

REPRESENTATIVES of the major international financial institutions here have pledged their readiness to work with the Government of Guyana and the indigenous peoples to implement projects that have been proposed for funding

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October 26, 2010

US$8M for land titling, solar power in Amerindian communities – Jagdeo

The government’s US$8 million pledge to Amerindian communities, from the first tranche from the Guyana REDD+ Investment Fund (GRIF) set up with Norway, will be used to accelerate land demarcation and finance a solar power drive, President Bharrat Jagdeo yesterday announced.

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October 26, 2010

Jagdeo says ‘silly, useless’ World Bank officials stalling Norway funds

The government yesterday said that it will use the first set of money from a US$250 million forest-saving deal with Norway to demarcate Amerindian lands and fit every Amerindian home with solar panels over the next two years, but accused “silly, useless” World Bank officials of stalling the r

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25 October 2010

Guyana GRIF: The first money is starting to flow

Some of Norway's forest-payments to buy solar panels, demarcate Amerindian lands., Jagdeo tells World Bank not to dictate, slow-up process greenhouse gases would be spent on land demarcation and providing clean-energy to Amerindian communities.


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