Environment and Sustainable Development

guyana-forestOutcome 1: National policies, strategies, and plans for disaster risk reduction (DRR), management of natural resources, and access to clean energy and services developed, implemented, monitored, and evaluated.

Recurring crises expose the vulnerability of poor people and the necessity of DRR. Although the entire population is subject to weather extremes from time to time, poor people are most vulnerable to negative environmental changes. At the same time, tackling poverty, providing basic education, ensuring food security and decent livelihoods, and delivering essential services such as energy services, water supply, and sanitation must remain overarching priorities, especially for the rural and hinterland communities.

Consequently, for the country as a whole and for poor communities in particular, green growth and poverty reduction must go hand in hand and development cooperation will promote ‘pro-poor green growth’, i.e. environmentally sustainable growth that particularly benefits disadvantaged people. This is a core element of the GoG’s LCDS; the UNCT Strategy recognises this priority and supports the development of low-carbon approaches that promote sustainable poverty reduction and pro-poor growth.

The UNCT proposes to contribute to this outcome: “National policies, strategies, and plans for disaster risk reduction (DRR), management of natural resources and access to clean energy and services developed, implemented, monitored, and evaluated” with the following outputs:

  1. Strengthened national capacities to plan and implement policies and strategies for DRM and impact from climate change;
  2. Strategies developed to manage natural resources, incorporating sustainability objectives as measured by global and national indices;
  3. Access to energy services, electricity or alternative energy in the unserved areas increased;
  4. Capacity of natural resources agencies, and of indigenous and other communities, strengthened to address adaptation and effective responses to climate change;
  5. Capacity built among communities to develop effective responses to climate change.