Guyana is located on the northern mainland of South America and has the world’s second highest percentage of rainforest cover (85%) and a long, proud history of forest conservation. Guyana’s indigenous peoples are the original stewards and conservators over their 7000-year-long legacy of wise use and accumulated traditional knowledge. Kaieteur National Park (est. 1929) was the first protected area in Amazonia. Sixty years later, in 1989, Guyana made a bold offer to the international community to share the responsibility to manage the pristine million-acre Iwokrama Rainforest “in a manner that will lead to lasting ecological, economic and social benefits to the people of Guyana and to the world in general”.
Adhering to the terms of the UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement while seeking to obtain REDD+ results-based payments, Guyana has so far achieved the following:
With the support of CfRN, Guyana is currently producing a new and more accurate GHG inventory for the AFOLU sector, ensuring it is IPCC and UNFCCC compliant. This GHG inventory is planned to be included into Guyana’s 3rd National Communication. The new GHGI will be consistent with the REDD+ forest reference emission level submitted to UNFCCC in 2018 and serve as a support for the REDD+ MRV and for reporting in the first BUR. CfRN has also contributed to enhance technical understanding of country experts on the GHG emissions and removals estimations for the agriculture sector.