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Environmental, Campaign & Website News > Guyana could certainly use forest protection cash - but not under false pretences

Guyana could certainly use forest protection cash - but not under false pretences

Date : 24th September 2009, Source : The Guardian (UK)



The bargain implied in the UN's programme to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation (Redd) could indeed be good news for Guyana, as its President Bharrat Jagdeo suggested earlier this week. But what Jagdeo fails to appreciate is that a bargain has two sides. In exchange for cash for adaptation to climate change, donor countries will want to see that Guyana reduces its forest carbon emissions verifiably. Today, poorly controlled mining for gold and diamonds, and high-grade timber for Asian factories are the main causes of deforestation and degradation. My estimate is that tropical rain forests of Guyana emit 11.4m tonnes of carbon a year from these sources and from agricultural clearance.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/sep/24/guyana-redd





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