Guyana receives financial, technical support to develop Protected Areas

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From left: Protected Areas Officers, Thadaigh Baggallay and Anouska Kinahan, Head Of Department, Frankfurt Zoological Society, Dr. Antje Muellner, FZS CEO, Dr. Christof Schenck, Minister Hon. Raphael Trotman, Commissioner of the Protected Areas Commission, Damian Fernandes, and Permanent Secretary, Joslyn McKenzie after signing of the MoU.
From left: Protected Areas Officers, Thadaigh Baggallay and Anouska Kinahan, Head Of Department, Frankfurt Zoological Society, Dr. Antje Muellner, FZS CEO, Dr. Christof Schenck, Minister Hon. Raphael Trotman, Commissioner of the Protected Areas Commission, Damian Fernandes, and Permanent Secretary, Joslyn McKenzie after signing of the MoU.

[www.inewsguyana.com] – Guyana will receive financial and technical support for the development of its protected areas system from the Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS).

This was confirmed when Minister of Governance, Raphael Trotman and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Christof Schenck signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Tuesday, July 14.

As part of the agreement, FZS is providing the Protected Areas Commission (PAC) with the services of two experts – Dr. Anoushka Kinahan and Thadaigh Baggallay – who have been in Guyana for the past year.

The experts are tasked with advising the PAC on setting up the Guyana conservation area system, lending support to establish administrative and monitoring systems for the Kanuku Mountains, the crafting of monitoring plans and biodiversity surveys, and liaising with representatives of other interest groups such as indigenous communities, Conservation International and regional planning authorities.

Additional support in the form of financing will be made available once development of the country’s management plans and strategies are completed.

Minister Trotman said government welcomes this support which is critical for the advancement of the country’s protected areas system.

Minister Trotman and  CEO  of the Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS) Dr. Christof Schenck.
Minister Trotman and CEO of the Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS) Dr. Christof Schenck.

“We are now awakened to the fact that our biodiversity is precious and we need to preserve it. Thankfully, we have not lost much of what have and your intervention and presence bodes well for us.”

FZS is an independent, international conservation organisation based in Germany. It is committed to preserving wild lands and biological diversity in the last remaining wilderness areas on the planet.

This organisation is active in biodiversity-rich areas in central and Eastern Europe, east Africa, central South America and south-east Asia. [Extracted and modified from GINA]

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