Stabroek News Sunday - - LETTERS -

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)

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