Late in 2013, the Guyana Forestry Commission released a series of annual reports from 2005 to 2012. The oldest of these reports was already eight years old.
Over the past two weeks, a series of articles has appeared in the Kaieteur News about Chinese logging company Bai Shan Lin’s operations in Guyana. The articles accuse Bai Shan Lin of operating illegally. The Guyana Forestry Commission responds that “there is no circumventing of Guyana’s logging laws by Bai Shan Lin”.
A recent report by the Union of Concerned Scientists highlights countries that have successfully reduced their rate of deforestation. In a post last week, I pointed out that the analysis deeply flawed.
Gold mining in Guyana is booming. It’s the country’s biggest export. Last year Guyana exported gold worth US$1 billion. But government is failing to address the serious environmental and social impacts caused by gold mining.
In mid-February 2014, Nancy Birdsall and Jonah Busch, of the Center for Global Development, visited Georgetown in Guyana. Their visit was part of CGD project looking at how well performance-based payments for forest conservation are working in Guyana, Brazil and Indonesia.