The Guyana Forestry Commission
The GFC is responsible for providing advice on issues relating to forest policy, forestry laws and regulations, administration and management of all State Forest land including distribution of forest land for all forest related activities from logging to export. The Commission also develops and monitors standards for protecting and conserving Guyana’s forest as well monitoring of activities that take place within it. Its work is guided by the National Forest Plan which supports the goals of the forest policy. Its three (3) technical divisions (Planning and Development, Forest Monitoring and Forest Resource Management) and 40 forest stations across the length and breadth of Guyana implements it activities.
GEORGETOWN, Guyana: A team from the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) Project in Guyana recently participated in a three-day REDD+ knowledge-sharing exchange with Suriname. The March 18-22, 2018 mission included formal/technical presentations, summary discussions and field visits organised by the National Institute for Environment and Development in Suriname (NIMOS). FCPF PSC Member Mr. Michael Williams (in green) making a point during a meeting with Ambassador Ramlakhan at the Cabinet of the President/Environment Coordinating Unit Guyana’s delegation comprised officers from the FCPF Project Execution Unit (PEU) and REDD Secretariat, as well as an indigenous representative of the Project Steering Committee (PSC). A representative of the Guyana office of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) also accompanied the team. Part of the REDD+ Country Readiness Process, the exchange allowed Guyana and Suriname to share experiences on issues of climate change, its impact on their respective populations, environments and economies; and the ensuing [...]
The Project Steering Committee (PSC) of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) Project in Guyana held its Fourth Meeting on October 17, 2017, in the boardroom of the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC), Kingston, Georgetown. Photographed are some of the PSC members with team of the FCPF Project Execution Unit (PEU). Seated (from left): Mr Charles Thom (National Steering Committee of Community Forestry Organizations), Mr Lenox Shuman (National Toshaos Council), Mr Clayton Hall (FCPF Project Coordinator) and Mr Michael Williams (North Rupununi District Development Board). Standing (from left): Mr Taleshwar Persaud (FCPF Finance/Admin Officer), Ms Kandila Ramotar (Office of Climate Change), Ms Onika Stellingburg (Caribbean Youth Environment Network), Ms Suzanne Munro (FCPF Procurement Specialist), Ms Laura George (Amerindian Peoples Association), Ms Michelle Astwood (FCPF Project Assistant) and Mr Calvin Bernard (Transparency Institute Guyana). Other PSC representative members include GFC, Forest Products Association, Red Thread and University of Guyana.
R.L. Sukhram and Sons Sawmill and Rong-An Inc. awarded approximately 400,000 hectares each of former Barama Company Limited concessions; investments totaling US$9.5 m by 2020 to create 524 jobs
GEORGETOWN, Guyana - Following Barama Company Limited’s relinquishing of its 1.6 million hectare forest concession in October 2016, the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) has awarded two lots totaling over 800,000 hectares of that concession to R.L. Sukhram and Sons Sawmill and Rong-An Inc. The Ministry of Natural Resources along with the GFC had taken the decision to divide the former Barama Company Limited concession into four parcels, each of approximately 400,000 hectares. The Ministry advertised two of those parcels as State Forest Exploratory Permits, which means that there is a three year process of assessment prior to commercial full scale harvesting. The third parcel was identified for conservation and research, while the fourth was identified for small concession allocation of areas 20,000 acres and less. Parcel 1 is a forest area of size 417,809.23 and is located in the Essequibo region (North West, Mazaruni Potaro District). Parcel 2 is a [...]
Phase two of Guyana’s Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) project gets underway with release of funds by NORAD
GEORGETOWN, Guyana - The Government of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana has received the first tranche of a US$6.34 million grant from the Kingdom of Norway as it enters into the second phase of the forest monitoring mechanism known as Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV). This second phase of the MRV programme will no longer be seen as a means of satisfying a conditionality for funding, but also, as a tool for measuring Guyana’s forest cover to assist in decision-making for a range of activities. The funds will be dispersed in tranches through Conservation International in a muti-year arrangement. The announcement was made at a meeting on Monday August 7, 2017 held at the Ministry of Natural Resources’ Boardroom in the presence of Minister of Natural Resources Hon. Raphael G.C. Trotman M.P., Chairman of the Guyana Foresty Commission Board, Ms. Jocelyn Dow, Ms. Pradeepa Bhlonauth, Head of Planning - GFC, [...]
Ministry of Natural Resources and the Guyana Forestry Commission to partner with local saw millers and hardware stores to promote lesser used wood species.
GEORGETOWN, Guyana – Honourable Raphael G.C. Trotman M.P., Minister of Natural Resources, today August 4, 2017 met with a number of local hardware store and lumber yard representatives to discuss options to mitigate the high local demand for foreign pine wood, especially from the United States. This meeting was part of the Ministry's ongoing consultations with stakeholders on the impact of large quantities of imported pine wood on the local timber industry. During the meeting, the local hardware dealers and lumber suppliers spoke of the difficulties they usually encounter in sourcing quality local lumber for their customers. Issues with the local lumber included not being properly kiln-dried and uncertainty of supply. Some of the operators expressed an interest and desire to sell the local lumber but complained that they were not getting the reliability from the local forest operators. Further, they observed that their customers have shown a preference for [...]
You can view the description and background for both Expressions of Interests below or access the State Forestry Exploratory Permit Application form to apply. Description and Background - Area 1 Description and Background-Area 2
The Government of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana through The Ministry of Natural Resources has received a grant from the Inter-American Development Bank toward the cost of Forest Carbon Partnership Facility Project in Guyana and it intends to apply part of the proceeds of this grant for consulting services to undertake the Development of a Grievance and Redress Mechanism (GRM) for REDD+ Implementation and Consultation and Stakeholder Engagement on REDD+ & Readiness Activities in Guyana. Interested persons can access the guidelines attached below. guidelines-for-consultation-and-stakeholder-engagement-on-redd-and-readiness-activities-in-guyana guidelines-for-development-of-a-grievance-and-redress-mechanism-grm-for-redd