Deirdre Jafferally


Indigenous Forest Management

Maintaining and Managing of Forest Islands

December 12, 2014
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Dec 8, 2014 at COP 20 Meeting in Lima, Peru, Guyana was one of five countries that provided data and information on their greenhouse gas emission reduction within the forestry sector to the UNFCCC Secretariat with the aim to begin establishing its emissions reference. These benchmarks will be used to access the country’s performance as it relates to the REDD+ scheme.
Also present in Lima are representatives from the Wapishana Nation in the South Rupununi of Guyana presenting their case study on another environmental aspect of the country, deforestation and climate change. They presented their perspectives on the issue and their proposals for indigenous involvement in finding solutions to the problem.
As a tribe dependent on forest resources it is important to the Wapishana to conserve their forest. In this COBRA video Wapishana villagers from Katoonarib, South Rupununi show how they manage their forest islands, to achieve sustainability.

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