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Guyana and the wider world:Climate aid: Global benefit or glorified scam

Introduction
Although routinely portrayed as the ‘provision of climate aid to poor rainforest countries,’ all the agreements I have seen between rich countries and poor rainforest ones, including the Guyana-Norway Agreement, are in essence the export sale of global environmental services by the latter in exchange for climate payments from the former. Typical of exchanges between rich and poor countries, they contain elements that are intrinsic to the historical pattern of unequal exchanges between rich and poor nations. In this exchange, therefore, the trade in environmental services, for a number of reasons, engages the parties on an uneven playing field.

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Governance of Rainforest Resources: Trade-off or Rip-off

Introduction
I had indicated in last week’s column that I would treat with three particular aspects of global climate funding (aid) as I wrap up for now, my analysis of the LCDS, the Guyana – Norway Agreement and associated arrangements, as well as several environmental topics related to global warming and climate change. The first of these aspects (the likely impact of the current global financial and economic situation on the flow of climate funds from the global North to the poor countries of the South, particularly the poor rainforest ones) was considered last week. This week I shall complete this discussion and proceed to the second aspect namely, the role of governance of forest resources in inducing flows of climate funds (aid) to the global South (again, particularly poor rainforest ones).

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Operationalising Climate Funding in a Hostile Financial and Economic Environment

In Retrospect
Eight months ago, on November 29, 2009 and the eve of the Copenhagen Climate Summit (COP15) I began in this column what I projected then would be an extended series of analyses and commentary on the LCDS; the Agreement between the Government of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana and the Government of the Kingdom of Norway; the accompanying Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and Joint Concept Note; and, related matters pertaining to the problems created by global warming and climate change. My intention was to approach these matters from the perspective of the interests of poor countries, and in particular poor rainforest ones like Guyana.

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Why with all the growing fraud & criminality the historic polluters continue to push the carbon market?

Introduction
This week I shall conclude my discussion of the global carbon market and the hopes many place on it for helping to provide a solution to the problems of global warming and climate change. As a reminder in my column on May 30, I had indicated that the columns dealing with this topic, which were to commence in June would represent my personal contribution to the events honouring the memory and contributions of Walter Rodney to the empowering of all Guyanese.

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REDD and poor rainforest countries: The unfolding of a global scam

Introduction
On reflection, several readers have communicated to me over the past few weeks, in different ways, the grave difficulty they were having in trying to fathom the interconnections between the global carbon market, the LCDS, and the resolution of the global climate problem. They find that there continues to be a real disconnect in comprehending the concrete nature of the linkages I have been pin-pointing between trading in both carbon emissions allowances/permits and carbon offset projects (including forest carbon ones) and the expectation that global atmospheric pollution will be reduced. “Is this all pure fantasy?” they despairingly ask.

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LCDS

The political economy of the Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS)

Last week I concluded my rather extended discussion on the current global economic crisis and the lessons to be learnt from this. I trust readers would not infer from this that I believe the global crisis is over and we can safely return to business as usual. Far from it, while this is an appropriate point to introduce other topics to the discussion, I promise I will return to the global crisis if there are significant untoward developments in the coming weeks as we close out 2009 and enter into the New Year, 2010.

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Norway’s deception: Partnership or capture of Guyana’s rainforest

In this column last week I started what I hope will be a fairly full assessment of the Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS). At the time of writing this column I have not been able to access the revised version of the Draft LCDS, which the government had promised to place in the National Assembly before the United Nations Climate Change Conference (Copenhagen Summit), which starts tomorrow. As I await the revised version of the LCDS, I shall confine my assessment to those topics which should not be significantly affected by likely revisions.

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Norway And Guyana’s rainforest: Why beggars do not choose

For this week’s column, let me begin by re-emphasizing a couple of observations I have made about global inter-governmental negotiations thus far, as I continue to evaluate the low-carbon development strategy and the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), between the Government of Guyana and the Government of the Kingdom of Norway, as well as its related Joint Concept Note between the two parties to the agreement.
Diplomatic principle.

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Norway and Guyana’s rainforest: Santa Claus or Old Higue

I hope that by now readers would have realised that Norway can in no way be looked upon as Guyana’s Santa Claus. I have also tried so far in recent columns to make it categorically clear that my principal intention is not simply to bash Norway as a historic polluter of the earth’s atmosphere. My main purpose in presenting Norway’s horrendous environmental profile is to assert the obligation this places on Guyanese to ensure our pristine forests are developed in an integrated, transparent, accountable and sustainable framework for the benefit of all Guyana. In particular to ensure that our national patrimony does not end up being mortgaged to the promotion of Norway’s studied and calculated efforts to deceive the world into believing that it cares more than any other nation about saving Planet Earth. As the saying goes “beware when Old Higue around looking for life blood.”

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Rule or exception: Double standards and fighting global warming

‘Dirty secrets’
I hope that I have already indicated clearly Norway’s double standards in its climate change and global warming actions. More generally, its Santa Claus image has taken a serious beating in the approach to the just concluded Copenhagen Summit. In his Guardian Weekly column last September, Mark Curtis bemoaned the fact that in spite of Norway’s benign image abroad it had “become the home of four dirty little secrets.” One of these is of course the environmental sleight-of-hand I have been dealing with in these columns in previous weeks.

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