The Government of Guyana is the new institutional host of the Guiana Shield Facility and the Guiana Shield Fund.

This announcement was made today by State Minister, Joseph Harmon, who said that the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) local office held responsibility for the Guiana Shield Facility and Fund up to December 31, 2017.

The initiative was started in the year 2000.

The Guiana Shield Facility is a multi-donor facility for the long-term financing of national and regional activities to conserve the eco-systems, protect bio-diversity and sustain human livelihood within the Guiana Shield eco-region.

The Fund supports the global significance of the Guiana eco-region and will facilitate the financial transfers from international organisations and those responsible for maintaining the ecological and cultural integrity of the Guiana Shield.

Guyana in accepting this position, the Minister said, “is now positioning itself as the major global player in this regard.”

Covering 270 million hectares, the Guiana Shield encompasses Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Venezuela and small parts of Colombia and northern Brazil.

The more than two-billion-year-old geological formation represents 18 percent of the world’s tropical forest carbon and 20 percent of the world’s fresh water allowing it to capture large quantities of carbon dioxide.

President David Granger on many occasions has stressed that the Shield is not only essential to enriching and replenishing the world’s biodiversity but consequently the planet’s survival.

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The Guyanese President made the call at a time when countries across the world are being devastated by natural disasters. In Dominica, Hurricane Maria left more than nine persons dead and significant damage to the country’s infrastructure, while in Mexico, over 200 people were killed after a magnitude 7.1 earth quake struck the North American country.
President Granger, in his address during the General Debate of the 72nd Regular Session of the UN General Assembly, said the Guiana Shield is critical to the mitigation of the greenhouse effect.

Read more: Guyana calls on UN to protect the Guiana Shield.

Acting Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge (centre), Minister of Indigenous Peoples Affairs, Sydney Allicock (second right) Minister within the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples Affairs, Valerie Garrido- Lowe (right) and British High Commissioner to Guyana, His Excellency, Greg Quinn flanked by representatives of other partners of the Darwin Initiative; Integrating Traditional Knowledge into National Policy and Practice project.Acting Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge (centre), Minister of Indigenous Peoples Affairs, Sydney Allicock (second right) Minister within the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples Affairs, Valerie Garrido- Lowe (right) and British High Commissioner to Guyana, His Excellency, Greg Quinn flanked by representatives of other partners of the Darwin Initiative; Integrating Traditional Knowledge into National Policy and Practice project.The Darwin Initiative; Integrating Traditional Knowledge into National Policy and Practice project in Guyana was officially launched Monday at the British High Commissioner residence in Bel Air.

Minister of Indigenous Peoples Affairs, Sydney Allicock in his remarks said this project will see traditional knowledge being incorporated into biodiversity policy for poverty reduction and a lot of work will be done in the five protected areas of the Kaieteur National Park, Iwokarama International Centre for Rainforest Conservation and Development, Konashen District Community Owned Conservation Area, Shell Beach and the Kanuku Mountains.

Read more: Integrating Traditional Knowledge Project officially launched

news-20151203-2Paulette Allicock is an Indigenous Makushi farmer from the North Rupununi, Guyana. In her forest farm, she grows a great variety of crops, including several varieties of the staple, cassava, as well as pumpkins, melons, greens, and nuts. Her method of farming in the forest is closely attuned with the dynamics of the surrounding natural environment and the guardian spirits that will protect her crops.

Read more: Local farming solutions conserve forests in the Guiana Shield, South America

Imágenes de la visitaImágenes de la visitaA comienzos del año 2013, la Agencia Nacional de Licencias Ambientales, otorgó licencia ambiental a la multinacional Pacific Rubiales para explotar el pozo Quifa. En el mismo sentido, el pasado mes de julio de 2013, le fue otorgada licencia ambiental a la empresa petrolera Meta Petroleum para explotar un área del tamaño de Holanda, ubicada en los municipios de Puerto Gaitán, Mapiripán y San Martín en el departamento del Meta, conocido como el bloque CPE-6.

Read more: El río Guaviare está en peligro de desaparecer a causa de la explotación petrolera en el pie de...

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