Letter Written to Discourage Norway from Releasing Funds For LCDS
A group of 22 civil society members are petitioning the Norway Government to pay closer attention to its financial support to Guyana’s Climate change project, the low Carbon development strategy even as Guyana awaits the first release of money that has been committed to the project. In a strongly worded letter to the Environment Minister of Norway who is expected in Guyana this week, there are at least 8 reasons why Norway should take a more critical look at its support. Reasons range from delays in preparations of projects to indigenous land demarcation.
The letter states that there is no present justification for the release of the Norwegian funds nor for transfer of a second tranche for 2010-11. It says The Government of Guyana has substantially failed to implement the MOU, either in spirit or in practice.
One of the signatories to the letter to the Norweigian government is Presidential Candidate for the Alliance for Change Khemraj Ramjattan who explained they are not against the project, but the Guyana Government must step up to its side of the agreement.
The office of Climate Change has dismissed the letter and has stated that it is woefully short on facts and long on political rhetoric. The letter it says, sets out to denigrate even the credibility of the international consultants such as the Rainforest Alliance. According to the climate change office the document is clearly written with the express intention of undermining the joint commitments of the governments of Guyana and Norway to an international effort to combat climate change through the funding of a Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS) for Guyana.
Since the launch of the Low Carbon Programme there have been several concerns. The administration has said most of those concerns have been addressed.