mining, agriculture and forest fires, “we have seen a decrease in every single one of these drivers, particularly for the largest driver, which is mining deforestation.”
She said this is also reflective of the effectiveness of policy implementation in both the mining and forest sectors.
The GFC completed mapping of the forest change for 2017 from deforestation drivers, the report eexplained, while noting that the assessment is part of the national programmes of Monitoring, Reporting and Verification that Guyana started in 2010 with support from the Norwegian government.
It also forms part of the partnership on climate and forests between the two countries.
In 2010, the deforestation rate stood at 0.056; in 2011, at 0.054; in 2012, 0.079; in 2013, 0.068; in 2014, 0.065; and in 2015/2016, 0.050.
Head of Planning and Development of the Guyana Forestry Commission Pradeepa Bholanath. (DPI photo)