GEORGETOWN, Guyana, CMC – The United Kingdom’s Minister of State with responsibility for Overseas Territories, the Commonwealth, Energy, Climate, and Environment, Zac Goldsmith, says Guyana is recognized globally for its efforts in preserving its pristine forest and natural resources, as the country has one of the lowest deforestation rates.
Speaking while on a two-day visit to communities in Region Nine, Goldsmith said that Guyana boasts one of the best forest management systems in the world.
“You have provided an example for the world. You’ve also provided a gift for the world because you have given us something we can build,” the UK Minister disclosed.
He explained to residents that human beings must repair the abusive relationship with their natural resources to address the issue of climate change.
“If we’re going to solve the issue of climate change, yes, we need technology, clean energy, clean transport, we need all those things, but we can never solve climate change if we don’t repair our relationship with the natural world.
“That is why what you here in this community, but also people in Guyana generally… is why what you’re doing is so important. You are world leaders. You’ve protected your nature in the way that most countries, including my own country, have not,” he expressed.
Meanwhile, Goldsmith said opportunities are being sought in Guyana to strengthen further the relationship between the developing nation and the United Kingdom.
“But particularly to see how we can both support you in your efforts to protect nature and learn from you and help neighboring countries and take some of these lessons to my own country.”
The PPP/C Administration led by President Dr. Mohamed Irfaan Ali has embarked on an aggressive developmental agenda aligned with the expanded Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS 2030).
With LCDS 2030, Guyana aims to keep its forest and its biodiversity intact to create a model for avoiding deforestation and maintaining forests while, at the same time, growing the economy over the next ten years.