Guyana Aligning itself to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification - Framework to strengthen implementation policies and plans high on the agenda

Jun 9, 2015

Participants at the Indicator Workshop

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is supporting the “Alignment of Guyana’s National Action Plan to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Ten Year (2008-2018) Strategic Plan” which is being implemented by the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission (GL&SC).

Guyana is part of the UNCCD since 24th September, 1997. The project funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) commenced in May, 2014 with the aim to address Guyana’s need to continue to fulfill its obligations under the Convention.  Two outcomes are expected to be fulfilled over the eighteen months period the project will be implemented. The outcomes are to align Guyana’s 2006 National Action Plan (NAP) to fully integrate new aspects of the UNCCD’S ten year strategy (2008-2018) and to undertake UNCCD reporting and review process.

Against this backdrop, the outcomes will be achieved through six consultancies and other related activities. The National Stocktaking Consultancy focused on conducting an analysis of policy and planning tool and human and scientific capacity for the NAP Alignment and implementation. To date, stakeholders were trained on the use of indicators for Performance Review and Assessment of the Implementation Strategy (PRAIS) reporting and four reports (National Stocktaking report, Indicators Concept paper, Training Report and the draft outline of aligned NAP) were completed and submitted.

The Drought Early Warning System (EWS) consultancy was useful since it was incorporated into the National Multi-Hazard Disaster Preparedness and Response Plan, which was approved by the Cabinet of the Government of Guyana in 2014. The Drought EWS sought to review, assess and propose suitable technical solutions and an approved methodology for measuring drought impacts and develop an implementation plan for the EWS on drought in Guyana. Stakeholder meetings and training were held with representatives from a number of agencies to strengthen the capacity of agencies and support implementation of EWS for drought. A draft drought protocol was subsequently developed.
Several public awareness campaigns were also conducted with an estimated reach of 120,000 persons. The awareness materials included posters, bookmarkers, CDs, novelties with project information and newspaper features.

The institutional and policy expert consultancy, integrated financial strategy and investment and technology expert consultancy, UNCCD reporting expert consultancy and database developer consultancy will commence shortly.

It is anticipated that with an aligned NAP, Guyana would seek to implement the specific objectives under the UNCCD Plan for 2008-2018 and would have specific actions to realize them, and yardsticks by which these achievements are measured. Guyana, like other Parties to the Convention will use the Reporting Format / Template from UNCCD which is the PRAIS Reporting Cycle template.

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