The formulation process commenced when an official request was received by the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) from the Government of Guyana for assistance in the development of the GSDS. As a response, UN Environment undertook a scoping and consultation mission to Guyana from 12-14 December 2016. A main focus of the mission was to hold consultations with target groups, including, inter alia, representatives of the public and private sectors; civil society; the Caribbean Community Secretariat; UNCT; and Bi-lateral 57 donors to solicit their perspectives on the proposed GSDS.
This first phase concluded with the preparation of the Framework Document for the GSDS. The second phase will consist of Mobilisation of Resources for the GSDS Elaboration. Using the framework as a basis, a proposal will be submitted to the Guyana REDD+ Investment Fund (GRIF) to finance the Elaboration of the GSDS, including the activities necessary for multi-stakeholder consultations, sectoral studies, capacity development, and communication and outreach around the Green State and Inclusive Green Development.
The third phase will be the drafting of the GSDS and country-wide consultations. This phase will be carried out in two stages: the analysis and development of thematic and sectoral studies for each of the priority areas of the framework and the coordination of a country-wide consultation process.
The fourth phase is approval and agreement on the GSDS. This will include a number of stages commencing with the issuance by the Executive Branch of the Government of a Green Paper representing the Government intent to adopt and implement the GSDS; timely dissemination of the proposal and inviting the public to provide final comments and inputs before finalising the GSDS for submission to the National Assembly. Once considered by the National Assembly, the GSDS will be issued as a White Paper with the status as a “State Policy”. It is important to note, that an online and other types of platforms will be available through which the public will be able to voice their views on the GSDS, the GSDS shall be considered a “living document” subject to periodic review and amendments.
The implementation of this plan is expected to be carried out between 2017 and 2030.
It is anticipated that the 2018 Budget of the Government of Guyana will make significant provisions for the implementation of the GSDS, continuing from efforts in 2017. Moreover, the Green State Development Strategy will include a suggested approach for mobilising public and private finance to match the GSDS focus areas. Generally the GSDS will be used as a guide to Guyana’s relationship with its bilateral and multilateral partners.
Monitoring and Evaluation
The strategy will include a robust monitoring and evaluation (M&E) framework. It will specifically tailored the strategic areas and challenges identified which explains the theory of change for how the GSDS proposal will lead to desired outcomes in each of the strategic areas.
As a living document, the GSDS will be under constant review and will undergo necessary adjustments while retaining its status as a “State Policy”. Likewise, clear indicators will be defined to track process and measure its impact.
Connection with sectoral planning
The private sector participated in the elaboration process. Futhermore, The Cabinet, as the Central Organ of the Executive Branch, shall ensure consistency and complementarity across the various sectors with respect to the GSDS implementation.
Connection with territorial planning
More broadly, decentralisation through strengthening of regional and local democratic councils for regional/local development management can be an important success factor in the implementation of the GSDS.
*The Development Strategy is in formulation. For the purposes of this document, every information is based on the framework for the Green State Development Strategy (GSDS) avalaible on https://motp.gov.gy/