Enabling Conservation Concessions in the Context of Guyana’s Low-Carbon Development Strategy
Murray, Dr. Brian
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The reduction of green house gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, especially in tropical countries, is a necessary action for the mitigation of global climate change. Guyana is one of few countries which maintain a high forest cover (85%) and a low rate of deforestation (<0.1%). Guyana has articulated a Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS) by which it intends to maintain the climate regulation services provided by its forest and receive REDD+ payments. Increased deforestation, primarily form alluvial gold mining, however threatens success of the LCDS. This master’s project reviews the regulatory and policy environment for forest management in Guyana and utilizes experiences of the management of a conservation concession in the upper Essequibo River. The study analyzes benefits and costs of management of the conservation concession under the conditions of its establishment and three alternative scenarios. Recommendations are provided for the enabling of conservation concessions in the context of the LCDS. This study recommends enacting regulatory conditions to limit deforestation, establishing means to mitigate and offset deforestation, and enabling optimal value flows for conservation concession management.
CitationBernard, Curtis (2014). Enabling Conservation Concessions in the Context of Guyana’s Low-Carbon Development Strategy. Master's project, Duke University. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10161/8538.
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