The Guiana Shield Priority Setting Platform (GSPSP) was launched at a welcome cocktail reception on the occasion of the GSF Post-2014 Programme Planning Meeting.
The event was hosted by the UNDP Resident Representative, Ms. Khadija Musa, on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at the Herdmanston Lodge in Georgetown with high level government representatives from countries of the Guiana Shield, representatives from the EU delegation in Guyana and other local, international partners and UN agencies in attendance.
In 2013, the GSF began consolidating the elements of a Guiana Shield Priority Setting Platform (GSPSP) as an integrated, interdisciplinary platform to monitor the drivers of deforestation, and to provide inputs for forest monitoring for Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES).
GSPSP Consultant, Ms. Katarina Belobradova, in a brief presentation explained the capabilities and functionality of the online platform. She explained that GSPSP was conceptualized and developed on the premise of the GSF Interdisciplinary Platform (see above). Ms. Belobradova noted that it is an interdisciplinary and communication platform for GSPSP organizations and users to localize, analyse, visualise, monitor and exchange information (spatial, non-spatial) with a mission to contribute to the conservation of the Guiana Shield ecoregion's unique ecosystems and cultural diversity, and associated biodiversity and ecosystem services, through flexible delivery of financial, scientific and technical resources to the development at national and regional levels.
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The GSPSP will be housed at the Guiana Shield Knowledge Centre. It will be operated as a centralized online platform to host interdisciplinary data and information for decision support about the use of natural resources in the Guiana Shield. It would be accessible by Governmental agencies, NGO’s, GSF’s collaborating organizations, public users and local communities for collaboration and added value.
Moreover, remarks were delivered by Ms. Khadija Musa, UNDP Resident Representative and Hon. Robert Persaud, Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment.
In her remarks, Ms. Khadija Musa, UNDP Resident Representative welcomed the delegates from all six Guiana Shield countries as well as partner Non-Governmental Organisations to Guyana and thanked them for participating in the very important meeting to plan the next phase of the GSF.
Ms. Musa said that the GSF has proven to be an important project in the ecoregion and the work must continue. She concluded on the premise that she anticipates fruitful discussions in the days ahead to design the new programme of GSF.
Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment, Hon. Robert Persaud, remarked that the GSF has provided a unique opportunity for the countries of the Guiana Shield to have the type of intergovernmental and interagency cooperation. He explained that this type of cooperation due to historical and other pressing realities would not have been possible without an arrangement such as the GSF.
Minister Persaud posited that the entire facility has allowed the GS countries to focus on important priorities as to how we can manage our forests in particular but also our biodiversity in the interest of our individual nations. He emphasized that since we share a common ecoregion what happens in one territory has an impact on what happens in others. Hence, "this interdependency was brought out of the functionality of the GSF and has proven to be a very worthwhile mechanism."
Further, Minister Persaud explained that the GSF has also allowed Guyana to advance its REDD+ preparedness and other arrangements how we mobilize our forest particularly in terms of dealing with mitigating the effects of climate change.
He posited that the Guiana Shield is threatened by the action or inaction of one territory or another and if we do not give due attention to collaboration or coordination, we will be doing that at the peril of our individual status and situation.
Minister Persaud concluded on the premise that there is a greater need for the GSF and called on the donors and other partners who have historically supported the facility to see the wisdom, strength and need for increased and enhanced support in this regard.
The GSF is financially supported by the European Union and the Government of the Netherlands.