602, 2019

Ministry of Natural Resources signs Memoranda of Understanding with National Toshaos Council and World Wildlife Fund

PRESS RELEASE Ministry of Natural Resources signs Memoranda of Understanding with National Toshaos Council and World Wildlife Fund The Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) is pleased to have conducted the signing of two Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) today between the Ministry and the National Toshaos Council (NTC), and the Ministry and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). The Ministry believes that these documents further strengthens the relationship between itself and the parties and will continue to strengthen the management and development of Guyana’s natural resources sector. Present at the signing event were, the Minister of Natural Resources Hon. Raphael Trotman, National Toshaos Council Chairman Toshao Nicholas Fredricks, Director of Environment Ms. Ndibi Schwiers, WWF Guianas Representative Mr. Laurens Gomes and MNR Policy Planning & Coordination Unit Head Mr. Veetal Rajkumar. The Minister giving the feature address, made known of the Ministry’s commitment to its motto to Explore, Develop, Sustain and said [...]

1601, 2019

Press Release – The Ministry of Natural Resources extends condolences on the passing of Allison Butters-Grant

The Ministry of Natural Resources extends deepest condolences to the family of the late Allison Butters-Grant, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Global Seafoods Distributors, who passed after her long and heroic battle with cancer. Ms. Butters-Grant has been rightly recognized as a trailblazer and true patriot. Among her numerous contributions to the country, she has played a great role in the natural resources sector as a miner in her own right, and functioned as an alternate for Industry on the Guyana Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative’s Multi Stakeholder Group (MSG). In that role, Ms. Butters-Grant brought a refreshing and enlightened perspective about the manner in which modern businesses must function. She was a source of inspiration within the MSG and wider natural resources sector. We pray that the many happy memories of Ms. Butters-Grant’s life overcome the sadness and pain that accompany the family, as they journey the later [...]

2411, 2018

Guyana Delegation makes strong case for greenheart import restrictions lift in the UK

-UK Environment Agency impressed with presentation by delegation The Guyana delegation in the United Kingdom (UK) has made Guyana’s case for the lifting of the greenheart import ban which was placed by UK Environment Agency (EA) in 2015. The delegation which included Guyana Forestry Commission’s Chairman of the Board, Joslyn Dow, EU-FLEGT Secretariat Head, Kenny David, GFC Deputy Commissioner, Andrew Mendez, of McVantahe Inc. among others, made a combined presentation to Andy Powell of the UK EA and Clare Marsden of Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA). The presentation focused on the many accomplishments of Guyana when it comes to sustainable forest practices, and the key impacts the restrictions have had on the industry and the country as a whole. It also focused on the current code of practice and the maintenance of Guyana’s biodiversity. From the presentation the delegation then sought clarification from the EA and DEFRA [...]

2411, 2018

Historic EU-FLEGT Voluntary Partnership Agreement Initialled

The European Union Forest Law, Enforcement, Governance and Trade (EU-FLEGT) Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) was initialled at a special ceremony at Berlaymont Hall in Brussels, Belgium on November 23rd, 2018, and followed by a reception for participants and special invitees. The initialling was done by Minister of Natural Resources Hon. Raphael G.C Trotman on behalf of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana, and Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) Deputy Director-General Marjeta Jager on behalf of the European Union before a packed hall of special invitees. This agreement is held as historic and now sets an example for the Caribbean Region as the first VPA in a Caribbean country. It also paves the way for future agreements to be signed with neighboring countries. The VPA enables the forestry sector to continue to contribute to the national green economy while maintaining low deforestation rates and most importantly safeguard Guyana’s unique [...]

2411, 2018

Guyana elected as vice-president of the Bureau of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Conference on Mercury 3 (COPs3)

In recognition of the strides that Guyana has made in implementing the Minimata Convention, Guyana has been nominated to serve on the Bureau of the Conference of Parties to the Minamata Conference on Mercury 3 (COP 3), with Ministry of Natural Resources Project Officer Marisica Charles, being elected as one of the two vice-presidents from the Group of Latin America and Caribbean countries (GRULAC). This occurred at the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Conference on Mercury 2 (COP2). Charles now joins vice-president Maris Del Mar Solano from Costa Rica as the GRULAC’s representatives and two members each of the UN for other regions. COP 3 will take place in Geneva, Switzerland from November 25th to 29th 2019. The Bureau members are tasked to represent their regions and individual countries and parties’ interest as it relates to the implementation of the Minamata Convention. This election has catapulted Guyana’s position [...]

1611, 2018

MEDIA RELEASE: Minister of Natural Resources answers questions from Parliamentary Opposition

Minister of Natural Hon. Raphael Trotman has responded to questions posed by opposition Members of Parliament Gail Teixeira and Irfaan Ali. Opposition Chief Whip Mrs. Teixeira has questioned the beneficial ownership or interest, whether direct or indirect, by Ministers of the Government, in any mining or forestry license. In response, Minister Trotman has provided the Clerk of the National Assembly Sherlock Isaacs with a copy of a letter from the Guyana Forestry Commission; the agency responsible for issuing forestry licenses, which states that the GFC, “has not issued any forestry license to any Minister.” Meanwhile, a letter from the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission which was shared with Mr. Isaacs shows that among many other persons, two junior Ministers are recorded as having held mining interests which pre-date their assumption to public office as Ministers of Government. Minister Trotman was advised by both Ministers that they have relinquished all and [...]

1511, 2018

Press Release – Historic EU-FLEGT Voluntary partnership agreement to be initialed in Brussels, Belgium

Historic EU-FLEGT Voluntary partnership agreement to be initialed in Brussels, Belgium After about six years of extensive engagements with local and international stakeholders on the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA), Guyana and the European Union are set to initial the agreement in Brussels, Belgium. A multi-stakeholder team which will be led by Minister of Natural Resources Hon. Raphael G.C. Trotman will head to Brussels for the occasion scheduled for November 23rd, 2018, to engage EU officials and initial the VPA. Guyana’s formal commencement in this EU-FLEGT VPA process began in December 2012. Since then, the negotiation phase was led by a multi-stakeholder National Technical Working Group (NTWG). At the invitation of the EU, members of the Working Group will also be present in Brussels to witness the initialling ceremony. The group includes representatives from the Ministry of Natural Resources, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry [...]