GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — Indian communities in Guyana's interior Amazon region are slated to receive $5 million in aid from Norway to launch environmentally friendly businesses.
The funds are part of a $250 million payment that Norway has pledged to give the South American country for protecting its Amazonian rainforest. The finance ministry said in a statement late Thursday that low-carbon-emission projects would get priority.
The funds are part of a three-year program to be administered by the Inter-American Development Bank. Finance officials said that up to 2,000 jobs could be created by the program, which they expect will lead to the development of fruit, fish and vegetable farms and food processing and-eco tourism ventures.