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    Preface

    The world is running out of time – average global temperatures are rising too fast?and?our planet is on a trajectory towards human catastrophe of a scale never seen?before. The greenhouse? gas emissions causing these temperature rises must peak by 2020?and?be cut by? 80 ?percent by ?2050. ?It will be impossible to do this without a dramatic reduction in emissions from deforestation – which comprise about a fifth of the global total.

    Future generations will not forgive us if we fail to act despite knowing these facts. The people of Guyana are willing to act – as a country where almost? 80%? of our territory is ?rainforest,?? we? stand? ready? to? work? ?with? others ? who? share ?our? view t hat ?the world ?needs ?to ?break ?the false ?debate which ?suggests that? a nation ?must choose between national development?and?combating climate change.

    ag环亚|平台Instead? we? should be? asking how? we? can forge?prosperous low carbon economies where ?national dev elopment?and?combating climate change are complementary, not competing,? objectives.? The?international mechanism ?for ?delivering? a? solution is the United? Nations ?Framework? Convention? on? Climate?Change (UNFCCC). Parties to the ?Convention? will? meet ?in ?Copenhagen? in ?December? 2009 ?to? agree? on?a new climate agreement to replace the Kyoto Protocol.? When they meet, it is essential that the world’s historic polluters make meaningful commitments to reduce emissions;?if the? current? global? economic ?crisis? is? used? as? an ?excuse ?to ?pull?back from these commitments,? it ?will ?send? a disastrous signal? to the developing world that action on climate? change ?can? only?? take ?place? during? times? of? prosperity.? However ,? if the countries ?of ?the ?developed ?world ?accept ?their? ?responsibilities, ?I ?believe? that? the developing? world ?in?general ?and? rainforest countries ?in? particular are willing to play their part. Even though per capita, countries like Guyana already emit far less than the average required? to ?stabilize global temperatures, as we become more prosperous, it is in everyone’s interests that we avoid? the high pollution path that today’s richer countries? ?followed. ?To? achieve ?this,? the? ?international? community? and? developing countries must create? a ?platform ?for partnership?where developing countries are not seen? merely? as? passive ?recipients ?of ?aid,? but? as? equal? partners in the search for climate ?solutions.? This??is?? particularly? vital?? ?in? devising?? solutions? ?for ?addressing deforestation – which? happens? almost? entirely? within ?today’s? developing? world. This? draft? strategy ?document ?sets? out? Guyana's? view ?on? how such ?a? platform for partnership can be created,?and?affirms our commitment to play our part. The strategy is ?based on three ?fundamental? realities: ?First, much deforestati on across the world happens ??because? ?individuals,?? communities? ?and?? ?countries ? ?pursue? ??legitimate economic activities – such as selling timber? or? earning? money?and?creating ?jobs in agriculture. The world economy values these activities?and?does not value most of the services that forests provide when trees are kept alive, including the storage of

    DRAFT FOR CONSULTATION
    greenhouse gases. Correcting this market failure is the only long-term solution to deforestation. Second, the? ?UNFCCC ??and? its? Reduced ?Emissions? from Deforestation??and??Degradation? (REDD)? program have made valuable progress on agreeing to include payments ?for ?forestry ? climate? services? within? the global?? carbon? ?markets.? ?However? ?this??? will?? ?not generate? ?the?? breakthrough? required? on? avoiding deforestation unless there is also first-order political direction? and? support from ?Heads? of? Government? around ?the? world. I very much welcomed? the opportunity for Guyana to participate in the recent G20 side meeting on deforestation,? where national leaders from the world’s leading economies?and?rainforest? countries? committed to take urgent action on deforestation.? It is vital that this leadership is sustained.? Finally,? getting started is difficult.? Rainforest countries are hesitant to? commit to the long-term reorientation of their economies that solving this ? problem ?requires – because ?they ?are ?unsure? of? the predictability? of? forest payments.

    The? rest ?of? the international community? is? hesitant to support?? REDD ?at the scale required - because they are unsure about the technical?and?institutional mechanisms to? be ?used ?to ?monitor?and?verify that? global deforestation is being reduced.? Many international? organizations – including ? non-governmental? organizations - are ?also keen to ensure that the inclusion of REDD in an international carbon market does not become an “escape route” for historic polluters by allowing them to avoid making the?? necessary ? cuts? in? their? domestic? emissions.? This? could? be? a? recipe ?for? a stalemate ?the ?world? cannot? afford.? We? need? to? find? a way forward,?and?this draft strategy represents our views on how we can do this. In its current form, it is a starting point? to? gather? the? input? of? all sectors of Guyanese society. The involvement of our indigenous? peoples? is ?particularly?vital. Our Amerindians have protected our forests for generations; ?a ?sizeable ?component ?of? forest? land is under their jurisdiction?and?their ?insights? will? be? valuable? not? only? for their own communities, but for the rest of Guyana?and?the wider world.
    Similarly,? elected ?representatives ?from? all ?political ?parties? are?critical to long-term success. ? Despite ? our? ?other? differences,? successive ? Guyanese ?governments? of different? parties ?have ?long ?provided? strong ?leadership? to? the?world on the need to protect ?our? forests.? Members ?of? Parliament?and?all other sectors of our society can make? extremely valuable contributions ?to t he national consultation of which this draft strategy? ?is ?part. ?I? am ?deeply ?conscious? of? the? enormous? scale? of? ambition ?that Guyana’s?? low-carbon ?vision?? represents.? But??the ?world?? needs ?ambition? that? is commensurate ?with? the ?challenge? we ?face.? I? am confident that our consultation will show? the ?world? tha t the people of Guyana stand ready to play our part – I hope that the international community is ready to do the same.

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    H.E. Bharrat Jagdeo
    Former President of the Republic of Guyana

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