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US$1.5 M secured for Green State Development Strategy

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Government has secured US$1.5 million from the REDD+ Investment Fund to finance the development of the Green State Development Strategy (GSDS), the Ministry of the Presidency has announced.

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 Ministry said the financing also provides coverage for the development of the GSDS Coordination Desk which 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.

According to the Ministry, 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 well-being, 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 nongovernmental 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/.

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