Indigenous Peoples from across the Upper Mazaruni Territory at the 2023 Land Conference in Phillipai Village.
IMAGE CREDIT: Amerindian Peoples Association

Challenges and Pathways for Equitable Carbon Markets: Insights from Guyana’s Experience

The report “ART’s Controversial Certification of Carbon Credits to the Government of Guyana: A Case Study on Challenges for ‘High-Integrity’ Labels in Carbon Markets” critiques the pivotal developments in Guyana’s participation in the carbon market under the Architecture for REDD+ Transactions (ART), specifically concerning the social integrity of carbon credit certification. By examining the details of this case, the report casts a spotlight on the significant challenges that arise in ensuring the integrity and ethical standing of carbon credits, as it pertains to ensuring the rights of Indigenous peoples in forest carbon program design, implementation, and monitoring.

Based on detailed analysis of the concerns raised by Indigenous peoples over the course of development of the REDD+ program in Guyana, the report provides recommendations for a more inclusive and rights-based approach to carbon market participation. It underscores the importance of improving the design and implementation of the standard to foster sustainable development, environmental integrity, and social justice in Guyana.

By highlighting key rights issues in Guyana, the case study aims to make a critical contribution to improving carbon market integrity on a broader scale.

Collaboratively authored by the Amerindian Peoples Association, Forest Peoples Programme, and Rainforest Foundation US.

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April 2024 Newsletter

As Earth Day draws near, we’re excited to share with you our ambitious plans for the future. This year began with a breakthrough: the Peruvian government’s commitment to grant permanent land titles to 19 Ticuna and Yagua communities. With official rights to their ancestral lands, these communities can better. Additionally, our territorial monitoring program now safeguards over 17 million acres of vital rainforest. Dive into our April newsletter to explore these milestones and join us in making a difference.

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Didier Devers
Chief of Party – USAID Guatemala

Didier has been coordinating the USAID-funded B’atz project since joining Rainforest Foundation US in April 2022. He holds a Master’s in Applied Anthropology and a Bachelor’s in Geography. Before joining the organization, Didier worked for 12 years in Central and South America on issues of transparency, legality, governance, and managing stakeholders’ processes in the environmental sector. Prior to that he worked on similar issues in Central Africa. He speaks French, Spanish, and English, and is based in Guatemala.