Guyana’s Forests Under Threat – by Rosaliene Bacchus

Three Worlds One Vision

Bai Shan Lin Logging Concessions - Guyana

China’s Bai Shan Lin Forestry Projects in Guyana
Second World Congress on Timber & Wood Products Trade
China – November 2012
Photo Credit: Guyanese Online Blog

 

Since starting work on my second novel, I’m immersed in the rainforest of the northwest region of Guyana where the story unfolds. After watching the video of “Bai Shan Lin Aerial View of Massive Logging Exports,” posted on the Guyanese Online Blog, I was perplexed.

Just five years ago, Guyana had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Norway agreeing to work towards Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD). To make this possible, Norway established the REDD+ Investment Fund with the commitment to provide Guyana with up to US$250 million by 2015. What had gone wrong?

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  • guyaneseonline  On August 27, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    GFC Annual Reports…Gross irregularities highlight slack nature of oversight bodies – By Anthony Vieira
    AUGUST 27, 2014 | BY KNEWS |
    The gross irregularities in the Annual Reports of the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) for the years 2005 to 2012 which have escaped condemnation by the relevant oversight bodies not only highlight their weakness and lax nature, but bring their professionalism into question.

    This was the general principle that headlined the comments provided by Anthony Vieira who serves as an agriculture consultant to A Partnership for National Unity (APNU). The sugar production expert was asked to give his take on the anomalies that have been identified in the annual reports of the GFC by several critics.[Read more … http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2014/08/27/gfc-annual-reportsgross-irregularities-highlight-slack-nature-of-oversight-bodies-vieira/

  • Albert  On August 28, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    Actually Vieira did not give an adequate explanation of the irregularities in the GFC reports. He is right though in that the opposition has to be really lacking if they did not see irregularities or questionable matters in the reports. Some of these things need expertise and experience which some Guyanese and West Indian abroad now have. Its a pity that cannot be utilized.

    To do a good examination the original agreements between the govt sectors and the logging companies have to be reviewed. The original reports of the independent audit firm should also be available to see, for one thing, what was the objective of the audit. The auditors objective might have been related to environmental concerns and not to finance. Finally there should be assurance the contractual payments agreed upon were reasonable from a business stand point, accurate and payments were actually received in Guyana.

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