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1511, 2018

Press Release – Guyana delegation to travel to UK to negotiate the lifting of Greenheart import ban

Guyana delegation to travel to UK to push for lifting of Greenheart import ban A Ministry of Natural Resources high-level delegation led by Hon. Raphael G.C Trotman and including Guyana Forestry Commission’s Chairman of the Board, Joslyn Dow, EU-FLEGT Secretariat Head, Kenny David and GFC Deputy Commissioner, Gavin Agard among others, will be travelling from Guyana to the United Kingdom (UK) from 19th-21st  November 2018 to facilitate discussions on the complete lifting of a procurement ban on greenheart from Guyana to the UK. The ban which was introduced by the Environmental Agency (EA) in the UK in 2015, claimed that proof of sustainable sourcing of the forest product was inadequate, this has since resulted in a drastic decrease in export of the product to the UK. It has also seen several concerns being raised from members of the Forest Producers Association and the public noting that the banned product is [...]

1610, 2018

Press Release – Ministry of Natural Resources clarifies EOI ad position

-MNR held the oil and gas portfolio at the time of World Bank loan -Until budget 2019, MNR remains DoE’s accounting agency only for procurement aspects and disbursement of funds. The Ministry of Natural Resources wishes to reiterate that all petroleum matters are now under the Department of Energy (DoE), Ministry of the Presidency. With this in mind, two recent advertisements were placed by the Ministry of Natural Resources requesting expressions of interest for Consulting Firm Services for ‘Consultancy Services for Oil and Gas Project Evaluation (Phase 1)' and 'Consultancy for A Cost Recovery Audit in Guyana'. This placement has resulted in an article being published by Kaieteur News headlined, "Gov't. acts contrary to its own decision to move oil from Natural Resource Ministry". The article seeks to give the idea that the Ministry is confused, and questions the role that it currently plays in the oil and gas affairs, [...]

1510, 2018

Press Release – Ministry of Natural Resources advances green agenda in Berbice

MNR, Monday October 15, 2018 The Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) today continued its seedling and infant tree donation and planting exercise in observance of Agriculture Month 2018. Led by MNR Environment Project Officer, Dr. Latchmin Punallal and her team, the exercise benefitted the towns of New Amsterdam, Rose Hall, and Corriverton. The exercise began at Berbice High School and the New Amsterdam Secondary where Dr. Punalall addressed the students and teachers. She explained that the project comes as part of the green initiative of the Ministry and country, and entails planting life-sustaining trees in the communities and the green spaces. She went on to encourage those present to care for the plants in order to reap the benefits when the time comes. The donations were greatly appreciated by the students and teachers, who assured the team of their commitment of tending to the valuable plant donations. Thereafter, the team [...]

1210, 2018

Press Release – Minister Trotman meets GGMC Mahdia officers as enforcement operation begins

In continued efforts to address the issue of fatal mining incidents, Minister of Natural Resources, Hon. Raphael Trotman on Saturday visited Mahdia and received updates on the town's ongoing enforcement operation. The operation, ordered by the subject Minister on Tuesday, serves to address mines safety, improve mining practices and curb the practice of illegal mining overall. It comes as illegal and unsafe mining practices continue to result in fatal accidents in the mining areas of Guyana. According to Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) Acting Mines Manager Krishna Ramdass, the operation began on Friday and has seen the deployment of a team comprising of five (5) Ministry Compliance Division’s Corp of Wardens along with twelve (12) GGMC officers. Ramdass went on to highlight that the enforcement operation has to date identified mining operations that do not conform to safety, issued cease work orders, and has even completely removed some operations [...]

1210, 2018

Press Release – Minister of Natural Resources advances green state vision in Mahdia and Lethem

-Pledges 2.5m to Cashew Grove Lethem In observance of Agriculture Month 2018 and National Tree Day, Minister of Natural Resources Hon. Raphael Trotman and Ministry of Natural Resources Environment Project Officer, Dr. Latchmin Punallal, visited Mahdia and Lethem and assisted in the advancement of the green agenda in the towns. During the visit, the team donated a number of seedlings to residents to encourage kitchen gardening and planted infant trees in two compounds in the Mahdia township; Mahdia District Hospital and Mahdia Secondary School, along with Lethem's Cashew Grove park. Minister Trotman noted that the exercise comes as his Ministry seeks to advance HE President David Granger's vision of planting life-sustaining trees in the communities and the green spaces initiative. With regards to advancing the green spaces initiative, while in Lethem, the Minister during his address towards the gathering at Cashew Grove comprising Lethem residents and Mayor, Kerry Jarvis, offered [...]

1210, 2018

Terms of Reference – Guyana oil and gas capacity building project (P166730)  

Consultancy Services For Oil and Gas Project Evaluation (Phase I) Background As Guyana moves into a new chapter of history as an emerging petroleum producing nation, sustainable development lies at the core of the Government of Guyana’s goals for the sector. Being keenly aware that petroleum is a non-renewable resource, considerations related to its extraction and conversion into financial capital highlight the requirement and responsibility to ensure that the resource is prudently managed, from the time petroleum ‘appears’ at the wellhead, for the long lasting benefit of Guyana.  In developing the policies, legal framework, institutions and systems to oversee and manage the sector, the Government of Guyana is committed to ensuring that this framework allows both present and future generations to reap the benefits. Guyana’s petroleum sector is progressing swiftly with first oil expected in 2020. This planned petroleum development, coupled with ongoing assessment of new discoveries, has led the [...]

1210, 2018

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST CONSULTING FIRM SERVICES CONSULTANCY SERVICES FOR OIL AND GAS PROJECT EVALUATION (PHASE I)

  The Government of Guyana/Ministry of Natural Resources has received financing from the World Bank, toward the cost of the Guyana Oil and Gas Capacity Building Project, and intends to apply part of the proceeds for a consulting service to Consultancy for Oil and Gas Project Evaluation (Phase I).   The Project Execution Unit now invites all eligible firms to indicate their interest.   The objective of the consultancy:   The objective of the assignment is for the Consultant to provide advisory services and technical support to the Government of Guyana, through the Department of Energy under the Ministry of the Presidency, with the aim of enhancing the country’s core capacity to review, approve and authorize Field Development Plan(s) (FDP) and in the process protect the interests of Guyana in technical discussions with private sector investors.   The Consulting services include:   Considering international good practices and the specific conditions present [...]

1110, 2018

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST CONSULTING FIRM SERVICES CONSULTANCY FOR A COST RECOVERY AUDIT IN GUYANA

   The Government of Guyana/Ministry of Natural Resources has received financing from the World Bank toward the cost of the Guyana Oil and Gas Capacity Building Project, and intends to apply part of the proceeds for a consulting service to provide a Consultancy for a Cost Recovery Audit in Guyana.   The Project Execution Unit now invites all eligible firms to indicate their interest.   The objective of the consultancy:   The objective of the assignment is to conduct an audit of the Recoverable Contract Costs as called for in the signed Production Sharing Contract(s), taking into consideration best practices in International Accounting Standards as well as Auditing Procedures and Standards. In addition, provide on-the-job training to the staff of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) and the Office of the Auditor General (OAG) on cost recovery auditing, with a particular focus on value for money.   The Consulting services include:   [...]

310, 2018

Press Release – CDC/NIOSH Visiting Team submits findings to PAHO/WHO

        Following a request made to the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Representative’s office in Guyana by the Minister of Natural Resources for further technical support, the United States Department of Health and Human Services of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has submitted a preliminary summary of their findings and recommendations following a visit to Guyana from September 11 to 14, 2018. The visit was facilitated through ongoing collaboration with the PAHO/WHO Guyana Country Office and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) following reports of concerns raised earlier in the year about overexposure to mercury emissions. The team consisted of two engineers: Duane R. Hammond MS, PE and Kevin H. Dunn Sc. D., CIH from the Engineering and Physical Hazards Branch, Division of Field Studies and Engineering. During the visit the team met with Ministers Trotman, Lawrence, and Scott, as well [...]

310, 2018

Press Release – Minister Trotman orders immediate enforcement operation to address mining issues

The Ministry of Natural Resources takes note of the most recent mining tragedy which occurred last evening at Issano Backdam, Region Seven. Reports reaching the Ministry indicate that dead is Lennox Douglas, 33, of Canvas City Wismar, Linden, due to the caving in of a mining pit in which he was working. This report comes after two other mining related deaths recently occurred in Mowasi Backdam, Konawaruk, Potaro last month. With this in mind the Minister of Natural Resources, Hon. Raphael Trotman has ordered an immediate enforcement operation to be conducted jointly by the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission and the Ministry's Compliance Division’s Corp of Wardens, to address problems of this nature in the mining areas where there has been an increase in legal and illegal mining activities and accidents. The agencies are expected to provide a report upon completion of the operation. The Ministry extends condolences to the [...]

2309, 2018

Press Release – Minister Trotman visits Kwakwani

-Examines maintenance works on Linden/Ituni/Kwakwani road -Inspect Kwakwani Workers club Saturday, September 22, 2018 The Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman today visited the Region ten (10) community of Kwakwani to inspect the Workers Club’ which is scheduled for rehabilitation and to examine the ongoing maintenance works on the Linden/Ituni/Kwakwani road. Prior to the roadworks which began in June, travel took two to five hours from Linden to Kwakwani; however, the Minister’s trip, based on the time recorded was one hour and fifteen minutes (1hr 15mins).  Minister Trotman noted his satisfaction with the works done so far, while residents also expressed same, thanking the Ministry for its support towards the community. In May 2018, the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission through the Ministry of Natural Resources awarded contracts for the repairs to the road at a cost of $239.7M. The works include ditching, excavating, section repairs of soft spots and [...]

1909, 2018

Terms of Reference – Community Liaison Officer

Ministry of Natural Resources Terms of Reference Community Liaison Officer (CLO) for Implementation of Guyana’s Readiness Preparation Proposal (R-PP)         1.Background /Context Guyana’s forest covers approximately 85% of the country and is estimated at 18.475 million hectares (Guyana MRVS Interim Measures Report, 27 January, 2015). It contains over 5GtCO2 in above ground biomass. The second most important source of carbon dioxide emissions world-wide comes from deforestation and forest degradation, estimated at approximately 18% of global emissions. Guyana is committed to its international responsibility to address issues relating to climate change, more specifically, reductions of emissions from deforestation and forest degradation; conservation of forest carbon stock, sustainable forest management and the enhancement of forest carbon stock. At the national level, the government of The Cooperative Republic of Guyana (CRG) has embarked on a programme to establish a Green Economy that aims to protect and maintain its forests in [...]