Int’l conference on combatting desertification opens in Georgetown

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Minister of State, Hon. Joseph Harmon (fourth from left) and other delegates at the opening ceremony of CRIC 17.

For the next few days, Guyana will be the host of the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC), spearheaded by the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification. The opening ceremony unfolded today (MONDAY) at the Arthur Chung Convention Center at Liliendaal with the attendance of representatives from over 125 countries.

The CRIC 17 conference has received major support from the People’s Republic of China and Caricom Member States.

Delegates of the CRIC 17.

The feature address was delivered by Minister of State, Joseph Harmon who noted that Guyana is aware of the importance of implementing the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification.

He noted that Guyana has been engaged by Norway, the Netherlands, Germany and Japan to preserve forestry resources, which shows its commitment towards environmental development.

Harmon posited that any act to eliminate or preserve desertification and other climate related issues are supported by Guyana.

CRIC is referred to as a subsidiary body of the Conference of Parties (COP) and Guyana is the first English-speaking Caribbean country to have acceded to membership of the CRIC Bureau.

Special attention will be paid to drought and the approaches which can be used once the area is monitored. The importance lies within practices which can alleviate droughts beforehand via improvised techniques in farming and land management.

(Photos by DPI)

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