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Guyana: Rainforests

Volume 715: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the proposals of the President of Guyana for maintaining the rainforests of his country. [HL574]

We welcome the leadership shown by President Jagdeo. Guyana has one of the world's lowest deforestation rates and we want this to continue. We recognise that Guyana needs to reconcile development challenges with the need to keep forests standing in order to help in the fight against climate change. It is therefore essential that Guyana is supported with sufficient incentives to maintain the services that its rainforests provide. The UK welcomes the historic deal struck with Norway to maintain Guyana's forests.

Guyana is the first country to submit a draft readiness plan to the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility, to which the UK contributed £15 million. This will complement the support provided by Norway.