President Ramotar Meets with Norwegian Delegation
His Excellency President Donald Ramotar today received a technical team from the Kingdom of Norway. The visiting team comprises members from the Norwegian Ministry of Climate and the Environment and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad); Marianne Johansen, Maarten van der Eynden, and Mads Halfdan Lie.
Progress under the Guyana-Norway partnership and the implementation of Guyana’s Low Carbon Development Strategy, as well as, matters regarding support for the implementation of LCDS projects were among the key areas of discussion.
The President reaffirmed Guyana’s commitment under the partnership and shared perspectives on Guyana’s LCDS and Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation plus (REDD+) model. Useful lessons are emerging through the implementation of the LCDS and partnership with Norway and these are helping to shape global initiatives on REDD+.
President Donald Ramotar and the Norwegian Team
On November 9, 2009, Guyana and Norway entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to foster cooperation between the two countries on issues related to the fight against climate change. Under the agreement, Norway has committed to providing Guyana with up to USD 250 million by 2015, depending on Guyana’s delivery of results from avoided deforestation. Guyana has earned U.S$115 million in three consecutive payments and a fourth payment is expected. These funds are supporting the implementation of several projects under the LCDS including the Micro and Small Enterprise Project, Amerindian Development Fund and the strengthening of key institutions. The Amaila Hydro project will also benefit from funds earned under the Norway partnership.
While in Guyana, the visiting team is expected to be part of a review of progress made to date on the implementation of Guyana’s MRVS roadmap.