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2102, 2019

Ministry of Natural Resources strengthens relationship with National Toshaos Council

Ministry of Natural Resources strengthens relationship with National Toshaos Council The Minister of Natural Resources Hon. Raphael Trotman on Wednesday held a meeting with councilors of the National Toshaos Council (NTC) at Herdmanston Lodge, Georgetown. The meeting was held as part of a series of ongoing engagements between the Ministry and the NTC, which are meant to deepen the understanding between the two entities and to facilitate better collaboration in the execution of various efforts and initiatives that are meant to benefit the indigenous peoples. On the agenda for discussion were the signing of the approved Memorandum of Understanding and several other issues raised by Chairman of the NTC Mr. Nicholas Fredericks. One of priority included assurance of the Ministry’s support towards the council post-2019. This request comes as the Ministry’s agency, which provides support to the council - the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) Project, is set to end [...]

2102, 2019

Press Release – Minister of Natural Resources advances Mining lands distribution

Minister of Natural Resources advances Mining lands distribution -Mining Lotteries to commence March 22nd, 2019 As part of its efforts to ensure the fair distribution of mining lands to waiting applicants, the Minister of Natural Resources has tasked the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) and Closed Area Committee (CAC) to move forward with the distribution of mining lands by means of a series of mining lotteries set to commence on Friday, March 22, 2019. The criteria, methodology, and timelines for the mining lottery were finalized by Minister of Natural Resources Hon. Raphael Trotman, GGMC Commissioner Mr. Newell Dennisson and CAC Chairman Ms. Abiola Henry along with their support staff at a meeting held at the Ministry today. It was the general agreement of the parties that there will be a few lotteries held in the different mining districts which will give preference to residents of those districts. The GGMC [...]

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 [...]