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Chris Campbell and Michael Niblett

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781781382950

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781382950.001.0001

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Hegemony in Guyana: REDD-plus and State Control over Indigenous Peoples and Resources

Hegemony in Guyana: REDD-plus and State Control over Indigenous Peoples and Resources

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(p.118) Chapter Six Hegemony in Guyana: REDD-plus and State Control over Indigenous Peoples and Resources
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The Caribbean
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Janette Bulkan

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781781382950.003.0008

In this chapter, Janette Bulkan offers a social scientific analysis of the controversies surrounding Guyana’s efforts to reduce forest carbon emissions. In 2009, the governments of Norway and Guyana signed the REDD-plus (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation) agreement. On paper, REDD presented a unique opportunity for Guyana to restart stalled processes like the national development strategy and national land use planning in partnership with indigenous and other forest-dependent people and coastal constituencies. In practice, REDD procedures and projects, argues Bulkan, presented the government with funds to reward loyal subjects and buy votes at elections. The chapter goes on to consider the role of the indigenous Amerindians in the Norway-Guyana agreement at both procedural and substantive levels.

Keywords:   Guyana, Amerindian communities, REDD-plus, forestry, logging, carbon trading, climate change, national development

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