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REDD+ in Guyana

WWF invested in REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) by contributing to Guyana’s first forest carbon stock assessment. The results were instrumental in the promotion of a national Low Carbon Development Strategy and the Guyana-Norway Agreement that provides up to US$250 million for performance-based payments. We have built on this experience to work with the Guyana Forestry Commission to develop the REDD+ Readiness Package that demonstrates Guyana’s delivery on REDD+ obligations.

WWF and the Wai Wai Kaneshen community have successfully implemented the Community Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (CMRV) system to enable them to be Opt-in ready. This critical building block allows us to efficiently and cost-effectively scale up to deliver CMRV – and other key tools – required for communities to protect their forests and receive REDD+ payments.

By helping indigenous communities gain the knowledge and capacity to participate in REDD+ and weigh-in on other natural resource conservation issues, we anticipate that they will be better able to advocate for their interests and influence government decision making as it relates to forests and natural resources. We also anticipate that Guyana’s commitment to managing deforestation will engender continued accrued benefits for forest conservation through payments for ecosystem services like REDD+ and the visionary Guyana-Norway Agreement. The strong REDD+ capacity developed in Guyana is a critical enabling condition for further forest conservation.

Opt-in is the mechanism by which Guyana’s Indigenous communities can participate in the national level REDD+ payments by committing their forests to a REDD+ agreement. In return for limiting deforestation, they receive a pro rata share of forest compensation payments.
© Michel Gunther / WWF
Michel Gunther / WWF
© Michel Gunther / WWF