Protected areas system gets boost

The Guyana protected areas system received a significant boost yesterday with the exchange of notes to formally initiate a funding grant from the German Government to the Guyana Government via the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment.

Natural Resources and Environment Minister, Robert Persaud and German Ambassador, Stefan Schluter with the signed financing agreement. Also in picture are: Deputy Commissioner, Denise Fraser, Commissioner Damian Fernandes and German Consul Ben ter Welle. (Adrian Narine photo) Future investments will focus on the construction and equipping of offices for the recently established Protected Areas Commission (PAC).

German Ambassador Stefan Schluter said that his country’s partnering with Guyana on environmental issues began in 1996, and since then, has continued to grow. “We are actually now celebrating the third phase of this on-going project which, so far, amounts to US$14 -15M. This is the latest phase which will have about Euros 5 million  in aid.

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