Guyana looks to US for support in environment sector

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Ndibi Schwiers, Technical Officer-Environment, Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment, Mr. Jeffrey S. Barrus, Economic and Commercial Officer- US Embassy, Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment, Robert Persaud, US Environmental Representative, Mr. Alain Norman and Mr. Veetal Rajkumar Head, Policy Planning and Coordination Unit, Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment
Ndibi Schwiers, Technical Officer-Environment, Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment, Mr. Jeffrey S. Barrus, Economic and Commercial Officer- US Embassy, Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment, Robert Persaud, US Environmental Representative, Mr. Alain Norman and Mr. Veetal Rajkumar Head, Policy Planning and Coordination Unit, Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment

Guyana and the United States of America are exploring the possibilities of further development between the two countries for support by the US in the areas of technical assistance and environmental science tailored to the needs of Guyana’s development.

iNews understands that this was discussed recently during a meeting with Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment, Robert Persaud, US Environmental Representative, Mr. Alain Norman and Mr. Jeffrey S. Barrus, Economic and Commercial Officer, US Embassy to explore the possibilities of collaboration and support for Guyana’s environmental sector.

Reports indicate that a number of areas were discussed such as clean energy, waste management, water management and protected area management.

It was noted that Minister Persaud highlighted a number of initiatives, policies and plans that his Ministry has been involved in recently for the environmental management sector.

iNews understands that the Minister indicated that there is a strong need to enhance capacity building in the environmental management and natural resource sectors.

Additionally, Mr. Alain made reference to a number of clean energy projects that Costa Rica has embarked upon while the Minister alluded to the benefits that Guyana intends to receive from the Amaila Hydro Falls Project.

Minister Persaud also pointed out that the Low Carbon Development Strategy is Guyana’s overarching national strategy to promote economic growth and combat climate change, given the fact that over 85 % of our country is covered with state forest.

He also took the opportunity to report on the progress that has been made to reduce the use of plastic and styrofoam usage in Guyana at the Parliamentary level.

With this said,  Mr. Alain indicated that there are a number of companies in Costa Rica that are interested in Biothermal Energy and he is willing to make referrals for the companies to consider Guyana.