Stories News 2016 10 18 1Attendees at the launch of the WWF-Guianas-North Rupununi District Development Board (NRDDB) Opt-in Readiness Project at Bina Hill, Annai, North Rupununi. (Bram Kloos Photography)

WWF-Guianas and the North Rupununi District Development Board (NRDDB), with funding from the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad), on Monday , October 17th, 2016, launched their Opt-in Readiness Project in Annai, North Rupununi.

“The project will prepare the nineteen indigenous communities of the North Rupununi to be active participants and beneficiaries of Guyana’s Green Economy,” WWF said in a statement.

Stories News 2016 10 16 1Agriculture Minister, Noel Holder while delivering remarksThe Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (F.A.O) on Sunday held their annual World Food Day Exhibition and Fair at the Mahaicony Community Canter Ground, Mahaicony. Recognizing that one of the biggest issues with food security is climate change, World Food Day 2016 was celebrated under the theme “Climate is changing: Food and Agriculture must too.”

Agriculture Minister, Noel Holder, while delivering remarks spoke of the importance of chartering a new agricultural trajectory in keeping with ever changing climatic conditions. “FAO has stated very clearly in its theme this year that one of the biggest issues related to food security is climate change, and has called for 2016 to be a year for action. If we, as a global village, must achieve Zero Hunger by 2030, the impacts of climate change must be addressed.”

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The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is assisting Guyana to build technical capacity to meet and sustain its obligations under the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (UNCBD), the UN Convention to Combat Desertification and Drought (UNCCD) and, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The UNDP had its first meeting yesterday with stakeholders in the environmental sector and focal point representatives of these conventions to outline the project. The project launch was held at the UNDP’s Brickdam office in Georgetown.