PRESENTATION OF DRAFT NATIONAL FOREST POLICY STATEMENT & NATIONAL FOREST PLAN
THURSDAY AUGUST 24, 2017
AT THE CARA LODGE, QUAMINA STREET, GEORGETOWN
RSVP: 225-8771 or email@example.com
Consultation on the review of Guyana's national Forest policy statement (NFPS) & national forest plan (NFP)
Guyana’s forests are one of the country’s most valuable riches – they support an abundance of biodiversity, provide ecosystem services, and are an important source of both timber and non-timber forest products. About 77% of Guyana is covered in forest – about 16 million hectares.
A National Forest Policy Statement (NFPS) and a National Forest Plan (NFP) provide the framework for the sustainable management of these forest. The NFPS outlined the national goals and ideals for the use and development of the forest resources while the draft NFP provided the methods by which these broad objectives would be pursued and achieved. Both the Policy Statement and Plan were last updated in 2011, and a lot has changed since then:
- The President has committed to adding 2 million hectares of Guyana lands and waterways for conservation
- The forestry industry is requiring more stringent standards to be met
- Guyana’s Log Export Policy is being updated
- Guyana has over 5 more years of experience meeting its international commitments to sustainable forest management
- Guyana has secured its good international reputation as a net carbon sink
- Mining and resource extraction activities are expanding and impacting forests
- Tourism is becoming more nature-based
The Ministry of Natural Resources has sourced funds to engage The Consultancy Group (TCG) in revising the NFPS and NFP. This Guyanese firm has engaged foresters, an economist, a social scientist, as well as specialists in governance, information technology, and facilitation and engagement for the revision and review process. This process will lead to four (4) outcomes: a) an inception report; (b) a draft report and power point; (c) a draft NFPS and NFP; and d) Results Based Monitoring and Evaluation Framework.
Overview of the Review Process
The Review is happening in three parts. The graphic below shows the key parts of the process, and the critical role that in-person and online information sharing and consultation plays throughout.
This website is one of the main sources of information for the work underway to revise the NFPS and NFP. Please leave your name and email if you’re interested in receiving updates on the process. At this early stage of the work we would also like to understand what you think is working and not working well with the existing Policy Statement and Plan, and your ideas on what could be done to make forestry management in Guyana stronger.
If you have any questions about the process, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Nicole Bowen at TCG (592) 225-8771 or firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the Guyana Forestry Commission directly by contacting Pradeepa Bholanath at email@example.com or call + (592) 226-7271.
- Guyana’s National Forest Plan (2011)
- Guyana’s Nation Forest Policy Statement (2011)
- Guyana Forest Act (2009)
- Guyana Forestry Commission
- Guyana Geology and Mines Commission
- Guyana Lands & Survey Commission
- Terms of Reference for the Review
- Discussion Guide for Phase 1 of Review
- Stakeholder Engagements - Phase 1
- Summary of Stakeholder Engagement - Phase 1