Guyana submits Climate Change contribution to UN – Improved mining methods, renewable energy strategies on agenda

Georgetown, Guyana –(October 2, 2015) Guyana has submitted its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) for the Climate Change Conference, scheduled to be held in Paris, France in December.

INDCs will be foundational for the Paris climate agreement, demonstrating countries’ intent to decarbonise their economies and invest in resilience.


Guyana’s INDC includes proposed actions for combating and reducing deforestation, impacts of logging, improved and sustainable mining methods, renewable energy paths including hydropower, and energy efficiency.  Most of these will require financial, technological and capacity building support from international climate finance entities for implementation.

In preparation for the UNFCCC meeting in Paris, President David Granger had mandated Minister of Governance, with responsibility for the Natural Resources and Environment sector, Raphael Trotman to establish a Task Force to prepare the draft of the INDC. Out of this task force, came a draft document.

The completion of the draft was followed by a National Stakeholders Consultation in late August, where participants were given the opportunity to share their suggestions on how the document could have been best improved.

Guyana’s submission of its INDC makes it only the third CARICOM state to submit on the October 1 deadline, with Trinidad and Tobago and Grenada having submitted earlier.

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