The New York Times recently ran an article about Washington-based think tanks that have received tens of millions of dollars from foreign governments, “while pushing United States government officials to adopt policies that often reflect the donors’ priorities”.
Over the past two weeks, a series of articles has appeared in the Kaieteur News about Chinese logging company Bai Shan Lin’s operations in Guyana. The articles accuse Bai Shan Lin of operating illegally. The Guyana Forestry Commission responds that “there is no circumventing of Guyana’s logging laws by Bai Shan Lin”.
In recent months, the Guyana Forestry Commission has released a series of annual reports, dating from 2005 to 2012. Janette Bulkan and John Palmer wrote a series of five articles for the Stabroek News commenting on the annual reports and recommending that the National Assembly should hold public hearings on the GFC.
Norway is a rich country because of its oil. It hopes to stay that way when the oil runs out. Since 1990, Norway has been putting its money from North Sea oil into a fund for future generations. The Government Pension Fund Global is now the largest sovereign wealth fund in the world.
In November 2013, Guyanese government agencies released 41 reports to the National Assembly. Several of these were overdue, including a series of annual reports from the Guyana Forestry Commission from 2005 to 2012.
In 2007, at the UN climate negotiations in Bali, Norway’s Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg announced his ambitious plans to save tropical forests. Six years later, Norway has disbursed more than US$1.4 billion but almost half of that remains unspent.
On 2 September 2013, Indonesia established its REDD+ Agency. As with just about everything else to with REDD in Indonesia (with the exception of the dozens of REDD workshops that have taken place in Jakarta’s luxury hotels), the process of setting up the REDD+ Agency was delayed.
Earlier this month, newspapers in Guyana reported that Sithe Global had pulled out of the Amaila Falls hydropower dam. Sithe Global’s President Brian Kubeck told the Stabroek News that the project was too big to continue without the approval of all three parties in Guyana’s Parliament.