Guyana to host International Congress on Biodiversity of the Guiana Shield

The General Assembly of the International Society of Biodiversity of the Guiana Shield (IBG) unanimously approved the award to host the IV International Congress on Biodiversity of the Guiana Shield in 2016 to Guyana. The Guyana’s case to host the IV Congress was presented by Ms. Vanessa Benn of the Iwokrama International Centre. Ms. Benn and Dr. Patrick Williams, Country Director of WWF Guyana, were nominated to serve as Guyana representatives on the IBG’s Board for the next three years.

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Life after mercury

Now that a North American and European ban on mercury exports is in place, Environment and Natural Resources Minister Robert Persaud was quoted in the media as saying that it could be up to ten years before the local mining sector becomes mercury-free. The ban coincided with a dip in international gold-prices, indicating that Minister Persaud’s 10 year time-scale may be too little too late.

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Photo: Pete Oxford

Photo: Pete Oxford

Indigenous People send message to UN on International Day of Forest

Under the COBRA (Community Owned Best practice for sustainable Resource Adaptive management in the Guiana Shield, South America) project, communities of the North Rupununi have made a video highlighting the importance of their forests for their livelihoods. The film which was produced, written an edited by the community members demonstrates the excellent work of project COBRA.

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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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