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The Guyana Forestry Commission and Indigenous Peoples’ rights: A revealing exchange

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Before the World Bank’s Carbon Fund meeting last month, the Amerindian Peoples Association (APA) wrote to the participants of the meeting, expressing concerns about Guyana’s proposal to the Carbon Fund.

REDD-Monitor wrote about Guyana’s proposals yesterday, particularly about the fact that 86% of the proposed reductions in emissions would be the result of “upward adjustment of Guyana’s reference level”.

The Ameridian Peoples Association has a series of concerns about Guyana’s progress on REDD readiness, regarding participation and consultation; benefit sharing; land tenure issues; free, prior and informed consent; the Strategic Environmental and Social Assessment; and the feedback and grievance mechanism.

In its response, the Guyana Forestry Commission noted the letter “with extreme concern and alarm” and stated that “APA’s letter broadly misrepresents the state of REDD+ readiness in Guyana”.

Far from taking APA’s concerns seriously, GFC dismisses them as “unsubstantiated criticisms”:

APA has chosen to conveniently ignore these glaring facts accepted by all other stakeholders, and plough ahead with unsubstantiated criticisms, many of which are in such obvious contravention to the clear areas of progress in so many aspects of REDD+ readiness.

After James Singh, the head of the Guyana Forestry Commission gave an Early Idea Presentation for an Emission Reductions Program Idea Note (ER-PIN) at the Carbon Fund meeting, Daniel ole Sapit, the Indigenous Peoples Observer at the Carbon Fund, made an intervention. His intervention ends with a request from the Indigenous Peoples of Guyana: that the Carbon Fund participants ensure that the Guyana government:

  1. Institutes a transparent and inclusive engagement strategy that is
    effective and non-divisive.
  2. The question of carbon rights needs to be ventilated at the national level and clearly reflected in the ER-PIN if and when developed.
  3. Tackle long standing land issues of the Amerindian peoples as the status of the customary forest lands remain unsettled and communities suffer land tenure insecurity as they lack legal title and formal recognition. These community forests are reportedly vulnerable to expropriation by mining and logging interests and potentially also investor and companies seeking to make REDD investments.

APA’s letter to the Carbon Fund meeting participants is below, followed by GFC’s response and the intervention from Daniel ole Sapit. (All three are also available on the FCPF’s website.)


 
April 21, 2015
 
Re: Vital REDD+ readiness activities still not carried out satisfactorily in Guyana

 
To the participants of the Carbon Fund meeting, Paris 27-30 April 2015
 
The Amerindian Peoples Association (APA) is writing to express its concerns regarding Guyana’s move to progress towards a submission of an ER-PIN to the FCPF Carbon Fund when vital readiness activities are still to be carried out or finalised. The concerns are closely related to fundamental issues that have been brought to the attention of the FCPF since 2009 by the APA and a number of international NGOs. Until these issues have been fully addressed, the process in Guyana fails to comply with applicable safeguard policies of the Inter-American Development Bank as well as the Charter of the FCPF.
 
In this respect, we would like to draw to your attention the following:
 

  • Participation and consultation: The National REDD Working Group (NRWG), envisaged to provide strategic guidance to the national REDD+ readiness process with specific emphasis on communication, consultation and outreach, has not been set up. According to the R-PP, the NRWG should have developed a Communication and Outreach Plan and Strategy, in collaboration with the National Toshaos Council (NTC) and Amerindian NGOs, prior to commencement of the stakeholder consultations. It is not clear the basis on which stakeholder engagements referred to in the Early Idea Presentation have been carried out, given this Plan and Strategy have not yet been developed. The APA has not been invited to be involved in the planning of these workshops or disseminating information to communities as envisaged in the R-PP. Core issues and recommendations to the process submitted by the APA at various levels and forums continue to be ignored or given minimal attention.
     
    Despite the claims of consultations in the Early Idea Presentation, many indigenous communities report that they are struggling to understand the Low Carbon Development Strategy and its projects. When this issue is raised, the State gives only a vague answer that this is part of its REDD+ programme. Most indigenous communities remain unaware of activities such as the Forest Carbon Sampling or the National Forest Monitoring System.
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  • Benefit sharing: The R-Package document from October 2014 claims that a Benefit Sharing Mechanism is still to be developed, and that it will be informed by the existing Opt-In Mechanism for Amerindian Villages. Consultations on the latter have been confined to the Multi-Stakeholder Steering Committee of the LCDS and the NTC, whereas at the community level there is widespread confusion about what the mechanism is. It is insufficient to rely on the NTC as the key representative of Amerindian communities, because its executive members are not supported with the technical and financial capacity to effectively inform and discuss vital issues with their respective communities – the free, prior and informed consent of Amerindian communities has not been obtained for the Opt-In Mechanism.
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  • Land Tenure issues: The need for an assessment of land- and resource-related tenure issues during the readiness phase was recognised in criterion 28.1 of the Methodological Framework (MF) of the Carbon Fund. However, the latest Opt-In Mechanism paper, and the Guyana REDD+ readiness process in general, does not even refer to, let alone address, long-standing issues regarding Amerindian land tenure security that have been raised repeatedly by Amerindian leaders, the APA and international NGOs over the years. The government’s project to fast-track the process of titling Amerindian lands is based on the Amerindian Act 2006,which is discriminatory as it does not recognise indigenous peoples’ right to their traditional land, territory and resources, and which is subject to widespread opposition among Amerindian communities. Until these land issues are addressed, there is no clear basis on which to establish a carbon accounting scheme and the project may lead to situation that endorses land grabbing by the state.
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  • Free, Prior and Informed Consent: The current Opt-In paper does not recognise the obligation to obtain communities’ FPIC in relation to parts of their traditional land that are not covered by a government title. Moreover, as noted above, FPIC has not been obtained from Amerindian communities on the suggested Opt-In Mechanism. Vital parts of both the process and content of Guyana readiness phase therefore fail to meet Guyana’s international human rights obligations, requirements set forth in relevant IDB safeguard policies and the FCPF Charter (principle 3).
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  • The Strategic Environmental and Social Assessment (SESA): The SESA, which according to the R-PP should be conducted during the readiness phase, has not yet been carried out. This is unfortunate as the Methodological Framework (criterion 31) states that the SESA should inform the process of developing the benefit sharing arrangements. If a SESA had been carried out it would have identified the increasing state allocations of Amerindian customary land to mining, logging, other commercial programmes and conservation, and the need to revisit relevant policies and legislation during the readiness phase.
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  • Feedback and Grievance Mechanism: Such a mechanism is not finalised and has not been developed in an inclusive manner. The R-Package of 2014 states that the mechanism will build on existing arrangements for feedback and redress, including the Amerindian Act. However, the only mechanism for complaint and redress in this Act is to take matters to High Court, which has proven to be an inadequate route for Amerindian communities in Guyana, both because of the inadequacies of the Act, significant delays in proceedings, and the general trend of jurisprudence in the Court, which favours miners’ rights (on both titled and untitled land) over Amerindian peoples’ rights.

 
Given the above mentioned safeguard issues, we ask that the Carbon Fund does not accept Guyana as ready to develop an Emission Reductions Program until the Consultation Plan and Strategy; the SESA; and the Feedback and Grievance Mechanism have been developed in a manner that ensures that:
 

  • Amerindian communities are properly informed about the REDD+ process and its parts and be included in discussion and decision-making at every level;
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  • Amerindian communities that will be affected by the Opt-In Mechanism have given their free, prior and informed consent to the Mechanism;
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  • the question of carbon rights is publicly discussed and resolved (with full and free stakeholder participation) at a national level;
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  • long-standing Amerindian land issues are resolved according to Guyana’s international human rights obligations (including ACHR, ICERD, ICCPR, UNDRIP).

 
Signed
 
Jeanne Sharon Atkinson
President – APA
 

 


 
24 th April, 2015.
 
The Participants Committee
Carbon Fund
Paris Meeting, April 2015
 
Dear Distinguished Members of the Participants Committee,
 
The Government of Guyana (GoG) through the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) notes with extreme concern and alarm the Amerindian People’s Association (APA’s) correspondence to the Participants of the Carbon Fund meeting (April 2015: Paris), requesting a rejection of Guyana’s submission Early Idea Presentation on the Emission Reductions Programme under the Carbon Fund.
 
Whilst the GFC is very open to listening to valid concerns by all stakeholders which will contribute to the further advancement of collective efforts on REDD+ Readiness and REDD+ Implementation, GFC asserts that the APA’s letter broadly misrepresents the state of REDD+ readiness in Guyana. Rather, it presents a partisan and non-factual position on the state of REDD+ Readiness in Guyana, especially on areas of land tenure, consultations, environmental and social assessments, and feedback mechanism. In the interest of reflecting the accurate position on Guyana’s REDD+ readiness, GFC is therefore compelled to present the verifiable facts to the Committee. The global community has acknowledged that Guyana has made significant progress in REDD+ implementation over the past six (6) years.
 
Currently, the country is implementing a national Strategy for Low Carbon Development, a model platform for land use planning, and management, and a functioning system of social and environmental assessment for projects. Guyana also has in place very current and relevant legislation that allows for residents of Amerindian villages to own their own lands and manage these areas through local decision making structures provided for in the Amerindian Act. Thus, Guyana has empowered our indigenous people with forest governance powers and land tenure security that have effectively made our local indigenous people the second largest land owner in Guyana.
 
Recent development in REDD+ readiness has seen Guyana develop a state of the art Monitoring Reporting and Verification System that has now been implemented for four (4) annual periods: 2010-2013; these have been independently verified by third party auditors and found to be credible, robust and reflective of international best practice for MRVS. This has enabled Guyana to be one of the first countries to submit a national position on Reference Level for REDD+. Reports on these advances are publicly available and accessible by interested parties on several websites inclusive of: www.forestry.gov.gy
 
There has also been strong emphasis on transparency in the development of these systems. For example, the development of both phases of the national MRVS was informed by a Roadmap that was developed through a participatory mechanism – a three day process in 2009 for phase 1, and a two (2) day process in 2014 for phase 2. The APA participated actively in both phases. Guyana has also implemented independent forest monitoring following guidance from the Global Witness Hand Book and has now published two annual reports.
 
Despite these significant achievements, Guyana has outlined several additional areas where progress is still needed- this is reflected in Guyana’s R Package submitted to our multiple delivery partner in October 2014. In this submission we have unambiguously stated the areas which need further development and we identified the main pillars on which those improvements can take place to maximize and take advantage of existing systems and mechanisms (see table below).
 
GFC, contrary to the APA’s claims, has thus been fully transparent in our account of what has been done, and what remains to be done to date.
 
It is also a fact that all stakeholders inclusive of the APA have been thoroughly consulted; whilst the other stakeholders, inclusive of the other three (3) indigenous NGO’s are supportive of Government’s engagement with the Carbon Fund, APA for reasons best known internally to the APA, are not.
 

 
It is therefore a real concern that the APA has chosen to conveniently ignore these glaring facts accepted by all other stakeholders, and plough ahead with unsubstantiated criticisms, many of which are in such obvious contravention to the clear areas of progress in so many aspects of REDD+ readiness.
 
As one example, the GFC challenges the APA to provide the basis for concluding that “most indigenous communities remain unaware of activities such as the Forest Carbon Sampling or the National Forest Monitoring System”.
 
Were the APA to consider the 17 communities of the North Rupununi, or the Amerindian village of Kanashen that represents the largest Amerindian village in Guyana, or the 70 Community Forestry Organisations that forms part of the GFC Community Forestry Programme, or Mauritaro – the community where the Opt In mechanism is being piloted after being selected by the NTC, or a long list of other communities; they will be reminded that these Amerindian villages are so advanced in the Forest Carbon Monitoring System that their methods that have been and are being developed at this level are actually informing and providing a validation system of the national MRVS.
 
This statement, like several others in APA’s letter, simply have no basis and we find the generalization in the use of words such as “most” quite erroneous and tremendously misinformed. Also, it is most unfortunate that the APA seems to be the only group that is opposed to Guyana’s engagement in the FCPF and other fora without proposing some alternative opportunity. One is left to wonder whether the organization really has its own interests to serve, or that of another affiliate, or that of the constituency that they claim to represent.
 
Guyana’s Early Idea Presentation of the ER PIN focuses on three main programmatic areas: sustainable mining, forestry and community development which include Amerindian communities. It is a fact that a large majority of Amerindian communities are involved in either forestry or mining activities, or in some cases both. The CF area of community development will impact directly on assisting Amerindian Communities: helping them to directly participate and benefit from the resources of the Carbon Fund by helping to build sustainable capacities and livelihood opportunities to complement the ER Programme. This implies that were Guyana to be successful in securing resources from the Carbon Fund, there will be multiple significant direct benefits to Amerindian villages and communities. Why the APA would see this as a big negative is baffling and again raises concerns about whether the interest of the constituency that they claim to represent is indeed at the heart of the concerns expressed. One has to wonder whether they are really interested in the development of the indigenous peoples’ or if there is some ulterior motive by the APA and its international partners to stifle the development of the Guyana indigenous peoples’ for the APA’s and its partners financial security?
 
GFC notes that there was specific discussion on key areas of REDD+ readiness in the APA’s letter. The APA’s presentation of these areas is again not accurate and fails once more to give a true reflection of the status of these REDD+ elements. This is further elaborated below:
 
Participation and Consultation:
 
The Multi Stakeholder Steering Committee (MSSC) – the oversight body of Guyana’s Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS), and other associated arrangements have been established to ensure transparent multi-stakeholder consultations, and enable the participation of all affected and interested stakeholders at all stages of the REDD+/LCDS process. This includes the protection of the rights of indigenous peoples, amongst other indicators. The APA was invited by His Excellency The President of Guyana to be a part of the MSSC chose not to participate.
 
The LCDS engagements are not intended to replace the REDD+ readiness activities. The Government has expressed its commitment to the development of a Consultation and Participation Plan based on the principle of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC). This plan is considered as a vital component for the successful implementation of REDD+.
 
A Communication and Outreach Team was convened as part of the Guyana-Norway Joint Concept Note (JCN) requirements, and the Office of Climate Change (OCC) oversees the coordinating the work of this team. Its responsibilities include:
 

  • Coordinating information flows related to different parts of the LCDS implementation, climate change and REDD+ activities, including LCDS progress, Independent Forest Monitoring (IFM), the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI), European Union Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (EU FLEGT), the FCPF, the Opt-In Mechanism and GRIF Projects such as the Amerindian Land Titling Project.
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  • Providing guidance and insight to tailored information specifically to meet the needs of community groups, including non-internet based channels of communication such as face-to-face meetings, information packages and traditional media.

 
Contrary to the APA’s statement that “Most indigenous communities remain unaware of activities such as the Forest Carbon Sampling or the National Forest Monitoring System”, the GoG has an ongoing programme of stakeholder outreach on activities on the LCDS and related REDD+ areas. Along with REDD+ areas, the GFC has sought to build capacities in related areas including: LCDS, Guyana’s engagement with the EU FLEGT, FCPF, and MRVS for REDD+.
 
This is evidenced through:
– June to August 2009: 15 sub-national consultations held across Guyana, targeting 222 communities. 3 285 persons attended.
– In 2009, GFC hosted 20 engagement sessions in Regions 1,2,3,4,6,7,8 and 10. 1,043 stakeholders participated. Main area of focus was Guyana’s engagement with FCPF and process to be undertaken.
– During 2012, workshops targeted 42 forest communities and associations, and 20 stakeholder sessions were conducted. 124 communities/associations and 50 regional stakeholders totaling 564 individuals participated. Sessions were held in 9 of the 10 Regions of Guyana, namely: Regions 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10.
 
In 2013, twelve workshop clusters were held in Regions 1, 2, 3, 4, 9 and 10. The focus was on targeted communities, forest associations, miners, non-governmental organizations, government agencies, women and youth groups. A total of 90 communities and associations, 10 NGOs and 12 government agencies, totaling 356 individuals attended these workshops.
 
Benefit Sharing:
 
The current structure of the Opt In Mechanism will be explored for its suitability to form the main platform or framework for the benefits sharing mechanism for REDD+ readiness.
 
Initial work on Benefit Sharing Mechanism was conducted in the development of the Opt In Mechanism (the platform for the benefits sharing mechanism). A revised version of the Opt In mechanism has been
prepared as a result.
 
The main aspects of the benefits sharing system were developed and underwent two rounds of consultation with the main stakeholder groups, specifically the National Toshaos’ Council (NTC) – the democratically elected representatives of the Indigenous peoples.
 
Additional options for benefits sharing decision-making are being developed and under review by the OCC for further consideration at the MSSC.
 
The APA is therefore incorrect in concluding that consultations have not been held on the Opt in mechanism, and by claiming that the extensive discussions at two general assembly of the National Toshaos’ Council have thoroughly considered and supported the Opt In mechanism.
 
GFC reminds the Committee that the NTC is the democratically elected representative of the Amerindian Peoples’.
 
For the APA therefore to say that the NTC’s discussions and decisions on the Opt-in are insufficient, is tantamount to disregarding the role and function of the democratic decision making process of the very indigenous peoples which the APA claim to represent.
 
Land Tenure Issues:
 
Guyana is one of the few REDD+ countries that allocates absolute grants and titles to Indigenous villages and has clear provisions for extensions to land areas following a standard process.
 
Guyana has also conducted transparent analyses of historical land use and trends, as well as of existing land tenure arrangements, status of the titling of Amerindian lands, and challenges.
 
Additionally, analysis of the main economic activities linked to the forest, and an assessment of national polices and legislation that apply to forest management and their relevance to the implementation of REDD+, have been done.
 
Further there are clear provisions in the Amerindian Act, as well as Forest Act that specifically speak to customary rights and traditional access and recognizes unhindered access to these areas for subsistence use for all Amerindian people.
 
Free, Prior and Informed Consent:
 
Guyana has been stringently applying the main tenets of FPIC in all aspects of the LCDS and REDD+. REDD+ with respect to stakeholders dependent on forest resources; for instance, forest concessionaires, Amerindian and rural communities.
 
In terms of engagement of Amerindian communities, these will only opt in to any REDD+ agreement through FPIC. Indigenous peoples’ representatives are members of main coordinating committees that are involved in various aspects of LCDS and REDD+; specifically, the MSSC, the MRVS Steering Committee and the Communication and Outreach Committee. Through these mechanisms, they have a direct influence on the design and implementation of related activities. The main body through which all coordination is carried out is the NTC. This is the democratically elected body tasked with the responsibility of representing the rights and views of Amerindian communities and villages at the national level.
 
Under implementation of LCDS projects, direct support is given to communities and villages to build capacity in areas of governance such as in decision making as well as in project execution, financial management and reporting, and project management (Community Development Plans (CDPs).
 
6 Key stakeholder groups that have been identified include communities, forest associations, miners, NGOs, government agencies, women, and youth groups.
 
The GoG has also conducted ongoing stakeholder outreach activities on the LCDS and related REDD+ areas. Along with REDD+ areas, the GFC has sought to build capacities in related areas including, LCDS, Guyana’s engagement with the EU FLEGT, FCPF, and MRVS for REDD+. This process continues to be undertaken through a continuous, interactive two way process of outreach programmes, consultations and dialogue, incorporation of ideas and effective dissemination of all relevant information.
 
In moving forward with the implementation of REDD+ readiness activities as outlined on the R-PP, the GFC will work in collaboration with the OCC and NTC and the four (4) national indigenous NGOs – APA, The Amerindian Action Movement of Guyana (TAAMOG), Guyana Organization of Indigenous People (GOIP), and the National Amerindian Development Foundation (NADF), to conduct stakeholder engagement across the country. Funding for these activities is detailed in the FCPF Readiness Grant.
 
The Strategic Environmental and Social Assessment (SESA)
 
Relevant studies and diagnostics, and consultation processes will be undertaken with the FCPF Readiness Grant. Already, through an IDB funded project, the existing institutional framework and legislation were analysed in consultation with key parties.
 
Whilst the SESA has not yet been undertaken (and the R Package is clear on this), there are significant advances in Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) areas from a legislative, operational and procedural standpoint.
 
The main legislation governing environmental management in Guyana, is the Environmental Protection Act (1996), and the accompanying Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) Regulations and requirements. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has the main mandate to implement this legislation and its primary goal is to manage environmental and social risks and impacts, of all sectoral activities.
 
The planned study of the results of the environmental and social impacts should be used for prioritizing REDD+ strategy options and its design. The GFC has clearly outlined in its Early Idea Presentation that were the ER PIN to move forward, this is a priority area for advancement.
 
Feedback and Grievance Mechanism
 
Several multi-stakeholder processes currently provide the platform to address grievances. Guyana has at present a number of operational mechanisms in place through which stakeholders can provide feedback and seek redress in relation to REDD+ implementation, including:
 

    – The Amerindian Act, 2006, which provides for redress on governance areas for Amerindian villages and communities.
    – The Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment (MNRE) and its natural resources management agencies have dedicated resources for feedback and redress across each natural resource sector thereby providing specialized resources for this purpose.
    – The Ministry of Amerindian Affairs (MoAA) through its Community Officers provides a decentralized framework for the disseminating of information and the receiving of feedback, and subsequent addressing of grievances where these may arise.
    – The MSSC and feedback by members from their respective constituents, which include indigenous communities, youth, women, labour, private sector among other key stakeholder groupings.

 
In closing, GFC emphasizes that our current understanding of the engagement of various countries in the Carbon Fund process, is that not all readiness needs to be completed prior to the moving ahead with the ER PIN, once that is technically sound.
 
It is also our understanding that engagement in the Carbon Fund, contrary to the APA’s position, will incentivise, encourage and further advance country progress in key REDD+ readiness areas such as SESA.
 
Our assessment should therefore be equivalent to that of other countries in terms of what is needed to be completed prior to engagement in the Fund, and what is required to show commencement and advancement where these may apply.
 
Guyana firmly believes that engagement in the Carbon Fund will provide a good opportunity to impact positively in the global Emissions Reductions programme in support of REDD+ and at the same time, provide a successful example on how national and community level ER programmes can bring about positive impacts for a High Forest Cover Low Deforestation Rate country.
 
GFC remains committed to working collaboratively and constructively with all stakeholders to continue advancing on this.
 
With Best Regards
GUYANA FORESTRY COMMISSION
 
James Singh
Commissioner of Forests
 

 

Intervention in respect to the Amerindian Peoples Association’s letter on the Guyana Early Idea Note by the IPs Observer to the Carbon Fund Mr. Daniel ole Sapit, Paris, France during the CF12 on the 30 th April 2015.

 
Thank you Chair for the opportunity to make this intervention.
 
Thank you James for the presentation and appreciate the obvious work that went into preparing the presentation. We appreciate the recognition of the significant role that IPs and their Organizations can and are willing to play to ensure the success of the process.
 
However;
 
I would like to bring to the attention of the CFPs that an IPs organization has officially written to the CFPs through the FMT to raise pertinent issues on the EIN that just been presented by Guyana, and this letter is posted on the website as well as the response by the Guyana Forestry Commission. The organization also reached out to me as the IPs Observer to raise these concerns during the CF12.
 
The concerns generally revolve around the issue of participation and consultation of the Amerindian peoples in the Readiness process and there is a claim of the lack of a Communication and Outreach Plan and Strategy and they question the stakeholder engagement referred to in the EIN given the lack of the plan and strategy.
 
There is mention of poor quality translated information to the Indigenous Peoples languages if it gets done, majorly influencing information flow.
 
A serious deficiency in the GFC outreach has been criticized as lacking in meaningful discussions on the potential impacts and risks of a national REDD scheme on Indigenous Peoples livelihoods. Despite early assurance from the government that traditional farming will not be restricted, more recent statements in the Low Carbon Development Strategy meetings are reported to indicate that customary farming systems may be classified as deforestation or degradation in the national system of forest monitoring.
 
There are specific questions on the dissemination of the Low Carbon Development Strategy to the Indigenous Peoples and there is reported no effort to inform them on pertinent issues including key activities like the Forest Carbon Sampling and the National Forest Monitoring System.
 
The other issues raised include the disenfranchisement that will be occasioned by the Opt-in Mechanism given the lack of knowledge on the mechanism, lack of a FPIC process ingrained in the mechanism and the availability of the mechanism for application.
 
On the SESA, it is stated that the process has not started and the benefits from that process are lacking in the formulation of the EIN. The Feedback and Grievance Mechanism has not been finalized and the Readiness Package refers to the Amerindian Act whose only recourse is the long winded court processes that have never delivered justice for the Amerindian people.
 
In summary the IPs of Guyana request the CFPs to ensure that the Guyana government;
 

  1. Institutes a transparent and inclusive engagement strategy that is
    effective and non-divisive.
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  3. The question of carbon rights needs to be ventilated at the national level and clearly reflected in the ER-PIN if and when developed.
  4.  

  5. Tackle long standing land issues of the Amerindian peoples as the status of the customary forest lands remain unsettled and communities suffer land tenure insecurity as they lack legal title and formal recognition. These community forests are reportedly vulnerable to expropriation by mining and logging interests and potentially also investor and companies seeking to make REDD investments.

 
They strongly contend that these key issues need to be resolved, otherwise Guyana would not be considered to have a genuine REDD readiness in place.
 
Thank You.
 

 

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