Nor­way com­mits to help Gu­y­a­na’s clean ener­gy tran­si­ti­on

Times of Suriname - - ENGELS -

Pre­si­dent Da­vid Gran­ger and Nor­way’s Mi­nis­ter of Cli­ma­te and En­vi­ron­ment, Vi­dar Hel­ge­sen, Thurs­day met on the si­de­li­nes of the UN Cli­ma­te Chan­ge Con­ven­ti­on in Mar­ra­kesh, Moroc­co, on the way for­ward for their fo­rest and cli­ma­te part­ner­ship.

“The cor­nersto­nes of the Gu­y­a­na-Nor­way part­ner­ship are to sa­fe­gu­ard Gu­y­a­na’s rain­fo­rest, im­pro­ve fo­rest gover­nan­ce and sup­port Gu­y­a­na’s ho­lis­tic gr­een de­vel­op­ment, in­clu­ding the tran­si­ti­on to gr­een and re­ne­wa­ble ener­gy,” a joint sta­te­ment of the two coun­tries said. Nor­way had en­te­red a ground­brea­king deal with Gu­y­a­na a few ye­ars ago for US$250M that would ha­ve seen this coun­try re­cei­ving cash to en­su­re that fo­rest remains stan­ding. The deal ex­pi­red last year with the new Govern­ment an­noun­cing in­ten­ti­ons to seek a re­ne­wal. Howe­ver, the pre­vious ar­ran­ge­ment is not over yet with mo­nies stil­led owed by Nor­way. Gu­y­a­na is still to com­ple­te a num­ber of re­qui­re­ments be­fo­re a new deal is sig­ned. Nor­way has gran­ted Gu­y­a­na an ex­ten­si­on to com­ple­te its si­de of the ar­ran­ge­ments. Ac­cor­ding to the sta­te­ment, Gran­ger used the op­por­tu­ni­ty to out­line a ho­lis­tic vi­si­on for Gu­y­a­na’s gr­een de­vel­op­ment. He de­tai­led, as part of this vi­si­on, Gu­y­a­na’s am­bi­ti­ons in the are­as of cli­ma­te mi­ti­ga­ti­on, coas­tal zo­ne ma­na­ge­ment, con­ser­va­ti­on, re­ne­wa­ble ener­gy, bi­o­di­ver­si­ty ma­na­ge­ment and eco-sys­tems ma­na­ge­ment.

“My ad­mi­ni­stra­ti­on is com­mit­ted to the es­ta­blish­ment of the ‘gr­een’ sta­te and cre­a­ting the in­sti­tu­ti­ons and the gover­nan­ce struc­tu­res to en­su­re that we achie­ve the Sustai­na­ble De­vel­op­ment Goals (SDGs) in the shor­test pos­si­ble ti­me. I am plea­sed that the dia­lo­gue with Nor­way is ad­van­cing,” he said. The mee­ting con­fir­med that Gu­y­a­na has kept its de­fo­re­sta­ti­on ra­te low sin­ce the start of the part­ner­ship, and is ma­king good pro­gress on agreed fo­rest gover­nan­ce re­forms and is pur­suing a mix of clean ener­gy so­lu­ti­ons. (Kai­e­teur­

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