The construction of a $ 28M Protected Areas Commission’s (PAC) Head Office will soon commence and is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
The building at Thomas Lands, which currently houses the National Parks Commission (NPC) will be extended and upgraded to accommodate the PAC’s Head Office.
Under the Protected Areas Act, 2011, the NPC will eventually cease to be an independent entity and instead its functions will be absorbed by the PAC.
The contract was signed today, Tuesday August 20, at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment between the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Satar Mohamed and Son Construction and Hardware Supplies; and Innovative Engineering Consultancy Services, respectively.
Germany’s involvement through the Guyana Protected Areas System Project started in 2004 with Phase I.
The PAC Head Office is being built under Phase II of the Guyana Protected Areas System (GPAS) Project, funded by the German Government through the German Development Bank (KfW).
The Project is being implemented by the EPA, under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. The EPA is being assisted with implementation of the GPAS Project, by GFA Consulting Group.
A US$6.2M agreement for Phase III of the Project was recently agreed between the Government of Germany and Guyana. Implementation of this Phase will commence in 2014.
Witnessing the signing was Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Robert Persaud who noted that the PAC is an important agency of the state.
Additionally, Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany, Ben ter Welle said that a solar system will also be constructed on the top of the building. However, this is not included in the contract.