REDD activities in Guyana fall into two broad categories. The first is activities funded by the Guyana REDD+ Investment Fund (GRIF), the first wave of which have been approved for funding including activities such as Institutional Strengthening relating to REDD+, Micro and Small Enterprise Development and the Amerindian Development Fund. Further projects are still in the proposal stage, including the Amaila Falls Hydropower Facility and demarcation of Amerindian Lands, the rehabilitation of Cunha Canal and the development of a Biodiversity Research Centre. These activities are an integral part of the Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS) and are part of the overarching Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Norway.
The second set of activities relate to strengthening Guyana’s readiness for REDD+, including the implementation of its Readiness Preparation Proposal (R-PP) as part of its role under the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF). Capacity-building projects financed by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Conservation International and the German Development Bank (KfW) have also helped to strengthen relevant government institutions, chiefly the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) in this area.
There are provisions in Guyana’s R-PP for sub-national REDD+ demonstration activities however, as yet, there has been no disbursement to Guyana from the FCPF.
One of the strongest areas of development for REDD+ in Guyana has been the development of the MRV system. This has followed two main paths: the development of a national level MRV system using satellite data, and the development of local-level Community Monitoring Reporting and Verification through a collaborative project between the Government of Guyana and the Global Canopy Programme.