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Sustainable Future

Guyana and Carbon
Opportunity for a Sustainable Future.

Guyana is the third-smallest country in South America, but its tropical forests are an important resource for the whole world. Retaining up to 80 percent of its original forest cover, Guyana joins neighbors Suriname, French Guiana and portions of Venezuela and northern Brazil to form the Guayana Shield region of Amazon forest—the source of 20 percent of the world’s fresh water.

The vast forests of the Guayana Shield also contain 18 percent of all the carbon dioxide stored in the world’s tropical forests. Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas that causes climate change, and the burning and clearing of tropical forests causes 20 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, more than all the world’s cars, trucks and airplanes combined. Saving the Earth’s tropical forests is one of the most efficient ways to combat climate change, and Guyana has a special role to play.

Carbon Markets: Key to a Sustainable Future?

Guyana’s government, under the leadership of President Bharrat Jagdeo, is seeking ways to sustainably develop the country. President Jagdeo has offered most of Guyana’s tropical forests to help battle global climate change. He seeks a role for his country in the emerging global carbon market created by the Kyoto Protocol.