The new reality TV series “Bamazon,” on the History Channel, along with already established shows like “Gold Rush” and “Jungle Gold,” have elevated the global mining bonanza into living-room entertainment. Each focuses on a different group of Americans seeking their fortune in distant, ostensibly dangerous locales: “Bamazon” in Guyana, “Gold Rush” in Alaska and Guyana, and “Jungle Gold” in Ghana. But while these shows claim to depict “reality,” they gloss over the most awful truths of gold mining, particularly as it is practiced in the tropics.
Guyana says it will receive an additional $45 million in cash from Norway as a reward for protecting its Amazonian rainforest.
President Donald Ramotar says the money will help fund a hydroelectric project in central Guyana and provide electricity and Internet service in remote jungle communities.
Renowned climate scientist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Rajendra Kumar Pachauri was recently installed as Chairman of Guyana’s well known international rain forest conservation, research and development centre Iwokrama.
The installation took place on the lawns of State House where a reception hosted by President Donald Ramotar was held for Dr. Pachauri who earlier today travelled to the centre for a tour and meeting with the staff.
The centre was established in 1996 under a joint mandate from the Government of Guyana and the Commonwealth Secretariat to manage the Iwokrama forest, reserve of 371,000 hectares of rainforest. The canopy walkway is one of its most distinguished features.
The first dung beetle identification key for Guyana has been developed by the Guyana Conservation Network. The key is based on surveys from the Iwokrama Forest, but will continue to be updated following further surveys. The key is freely available on the GuyCoN.org website, and has been developed to assist conservation practitioners in Guyana.
The Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) is pleased to release, the second performance report on Interim Measures for Reducing Emissions for Deforestation and Forest Degradation Plus (REDD+), under Guyana’s Monitoring Reporting and Verification System (MRVS).
A team from the Government of Guyana, headed by Shyam Nokta, Presidential Adviser and Head of the Office of Climate Change is currently in Suriname as part of collaboration between the two countries on climate change and REDD+. Neighbouring Suriname, like Guyana, is also formulating policies to counter the impact of climate change and has developed its own strategy to position the country to tap into REDD+ programs.
The Guyana Protected Areas Bill was passed in July 2011 and subsequently gave way for the establishment of a Protected Areas Commission. In October 2011 the Kanuku Mountains in Region Nine and Shell Beach in Region One were added to Guyana’s list of protected areas.