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US$1.5 million secured for completion of Green State Development Strategy

Guyana has secured US$1.5 million (GYD$300 million) to finance the development of the ‘Green’ State Development Strategy (GSDS), the Ministry of the Presidency said.

This financing was approved by the Steering Committee of the Guyana REDD+Investment Fund following the submission of a detailed proposal and work plan. The financing also provides coverage for the development of the GSDS Coordination Desk. The coordination desk will be staffed by Guyanese citizens, working in collaboration 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 – transition towards renewable energy, Resilient infrastructure and spatial development, Human development and wellbeing, Governance and institutional foundations and International cooperation, trade and investment.

The Ministry of the Presidency, through the Department of Environment, is currently working with Governmental and Non-Governmental entities on an Education and Awareness campaign to raise awareness of the Framework document.

This campaign will ensure that consultations and engagements over the next 12-18 months are informed and constructive. The Framework document is presently available online at www.motp.gov.gy and https://www.facebook.com/DeptEnv/