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Environment and Conservation

Guyana’s Readiness Plan (R-Plan) to Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD)

Review of Guyana’s Readiness Plan (R-Plan) to Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) for the World Bank.

The tasks under this consultancy included:

  1. Reviewing Guyana’s R-Plan and making suggestions for its enhancement,
  2. Participating in the Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) group meetings and teleconferences, and
  3. Participating in the Participating Committee (PC) Meetings of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF)


Duration: April to July, 2009

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Biodiversity Mainstreaming through Avoided Deforestation - Guyana Case Study (BMAD-GCS) Project (GY-T1058)

The Firm was subcontracted by the Conservation International Guyana Inc. (CIG) to provide socio-economic analyst for the Biodiversity Mainstreaming through Avoided Deforestation - Guyana Case Study (BMAD-GCS) Project (GY-T1058) funded by the Inter-American Development Bank. In conjunction which other consultants’ our duties included:

  1. Assisting the CIG in reviewing, analyzing and proposing policies and strategies in support of Guyana’s interest in deploying its ecosystem services for economic development,
  2. Supporting the CIG’s collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders to identify, analyse and report on all relevant national spatial and non-spatial datasets,
  3. Assisting with the monitoring and evaluating for the successful implementation of internal CIG team and external partner work plans to accomplish specific project deliverables related to mainstreaming of biodiversity conservation and climate change into development,
  4. Completing the relevant policy and institutional analyses for specific project deliverables related to mainstreaming of biodiversity conservation and climate change into development,
  5. Working with the CI climate policy team to provide input related to the UNFCCC and other international climate change policies that influence international rules and regulations that are related to Guyana’s circumstances particularly on REDD and adaptation, and
  6. Participating in CI’s Climate Change Network by providing advice, and supporting and promoting training in the area of carbon financing.


Duration: October 2008 to June, 2009

 

Environment Facility (GEF)

The firm contributed to the conduct of a Situation Analysis for the Designating of the Roraima Area in Guyana as a Protected Area for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) being the main partner/team leader and the Resource Economic Expert.

Our tasks included:

  1. Meeting with the WWF and the EPA officials to discuss the outline and methodology to be applied for the study,
  2. Meeting with government ministries and agencies, regional democratic council, indigenous organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), CIG, etc. to discuss the assignment, obtain views on priority areas and areas that may require special attention,
  3. Collecting documents pertaining to the research on the project area,
  4. Designing and pre-test the field instruments,
  5. Conducting field research to collect, collate and analyse information on the various communities, land use, resources base, and challenges facing the area,
  6. Capturing and summarizing stakeholders’ vision for the proposed protected area,
  7. Identifying resources and exploring the development of these into viable project proposals, utilising various valuation techniques, such as contingent valuation and cost-benefit analysis,
  8. Preparing a draft report that outlined the site situation as it relates to demographic, biological, ecological, socio-cultural, economic, political and institutional factors
  9. Identifying and describing the key issues and challenges to the establishment of the proposed site as a protected area,
  10. Describing the human-environment interaction and relationship within the proposed area,
  11. Providing recommendations on the appropriate strategies for the involvement of local communities,
  12. Hosting consultation workshops within the proposed project area and on the coast to present and modify the draft document, and
  13. Finalising and presenting the situation analysis report.


Duration: January – April, 2007


The firm conducted a National Diagnostic Study on Land Degradation in Guyana for the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission, financed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF).


In fulfilling its ToR the firm completed the following tasks:

  1. Creating A manual for Land Degradation Assessment (LDA) which featured the use of the Land Degradation Assessment in Drylands Project (LADA) and World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies (WOCOT) approaches to land degradation assessments,
  2. Conducting A National Land Degradation Assessment Training Workshop in which the designed manual was utilized to train stakeholders in LDA techniques,
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Environmental/Natural Resource Advisor to the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre

Environmental/Natural Resource Advisor to the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC). 

Our tasks involved:

  1. Supporting the work at regional and national levels on costing climate change impacts on the water, tourism and agriculture sectors,
  2. Developing and training regional personnel on costing adaptation options in these sectors and using these results to inform sectoral adaptation policy and implementation plans,
  3. Advising the organizations on the use of information derived from assessments for decision making in climate change adaptation,
  4. Mentoring and teaching personnel in the Caribbean region on approaches to cost benefit analyses of adaptation options including the costs of delayed action,
  5. Preparing training material on the methods utilized in carrying out costing of impacts and adaptation options to include methods for assessment of environmental services, and
  6. Liaising closely with national climate change focal points training institutions within the region and other regional institutions conducting similar activities.


Duration:  August 15, 2008 – July 15, 2010.


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