Eager to share their culture and learn all about what Guyana has to offer, nine Peace Corps trainees on Monday received their pins and certificates, and are now ready to take up their posts.
The 29th batch of Peace Corps volunteers was sworn-in before United States Ambassador Perry Holloway at the Umana Yana, Kingston, Georgetown.
The nine new volunteers, the first cohort of Peace Corps to focus on environmental education and natural resource management, arrived in Guyana on September 2 and have since undergone some 10 weeks of pre-service training at Laluni on the Soesdyke-Linden Highway, developing skills to enable them to function effectively in the project areas of youth, environment, education, leadership, and community-based natural resource management.
Environmental protection cooperation an obligation, not option – says President Granger
Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of Conservation International (CI), Mr. Peter Seligmann has described President David Granger as a visionary and steadfast leader and committed the organisation’s support for his ‘green’ agenda, even as the Guyanese Head of State made the case for ‘green’ economic development and conservation in Guyana.
Georgetown, Guyana – (October 22, 2016) President David Granger, yesterday, wrapped up his final day of participation at the Conservation International (CI) Annual Board Meeting in Washington D.C., with a presentation, during a session for contributions from attending current and former Heads of State. The President emphasised the message of a holistic approach to environmental management that is couched in science based public policy, education for affected populations and regional and international cooperation to ensure effective outcomes.
Noting that there had been a tendency to focus only on climate change, President Granger told the Board that part of the take away from his participation in the meeting is that Guyana’s comprehensive approach to tackling the complexities of environmental management and protection falls in line with international best practice.
Georgetown, Guyana – (October 19, 2016) President David Granger will be attending the Conservation International (CI) Board of Directors Meeting in Washington, D.C. from October 20-21. The Head of State was invited to meet with the Board and top officials of CI, as well as address, along with President Ian Khama of Botswana, an official dinner.
The President will promote Guyana’s push towards the development of a ‘green’ state and make the case for international support for this goal. Having already committed to bringing a further two million hectares of Guyana’s forest under conservation, President Granger is expected to emphasise its central role to the construction of a ‘green’ state, demonstrating how conservation can form the basis of economic growth and human development.
Georgetown, Guyana – (May 18, 2016) President David Granger, today, met with the Heads of the various agencies under the Ministry of Natural Resources, the Ministry of the Presidency and the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, which together have responsibilities for Guyana’s natural resources to assess Guyana’s preparedness for the transition to a ‘green’ economy.
The meeting, which was held at the Ministry of the Presidency, also provided those attending with an opportunity to discuss government’s ‘green’ development agenda and the involvement of these agencies in advancing that agenda towards the eventual goal of a national ‘Green Development Plan for Guyana.’
Minister of State, Mr. Joseph Harmon, Minister of Natural Resources, Mr. Raphael Trotman, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Natural Resources, Mr. Joslyn McKenzie, Head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Dr. Indarjit Ramdass, Head of the Guyana Energy Agency, Dr. Mahendar Sharma, Chief Executive Officer of the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission, Mr. Trevor Benn, Commissioner of the Guyana Forestry Commission, Mr. James Singh, Head of the Office of Climate Change, Ms. Janelle Christian, Chief Executive Officer of the Iwokrama International Centre for Rainforest Conservation and Development, Mr. Dane Gobin and Head of the Wildlife Management Authority, Ms. Alona Sankar, attended the meeting. Other representatives from the Project Management Unit, National Parks Commission, Protected Areas Commission and members from the Boards for the various agencies were also present.
Georgetown, Guyana – (September 9, 2016) Minister of State, Mr. Joseph Harmon, today, called on the private sector to play a more critical role in mitigation efforts as the world continues to grapple with the climate change and global warming phenomena.
The Minister, who was at the time addressing participants at the closing of the Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership Capacity Building Training Seminar of the Development and Implementation of Nationally Appropriate Climate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs), which was held at the Marriott Hotel, said that the private sector must be a strong leader in these efforts, even as it is Government’s responsibility to play a coordinating role.