Norwegian team in Guyana to discuss GRIF projects

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Minister of State, Mr. Joseph Harmon, on Thursday, received a courtesy call from a visiting Norwegian delegation currently in Guyana to meet with their counterpart agencies to discuss Guyana REDD+ Investment Fund (GRIF) projects, at his office at the Ministry of the Presidency.

Guyana’s Office of Climate Change and the Project Management Office for the GRIF Project both fall within the Minister’s purview.

From left: Mr. Nikolaus Oudkerk, Project Management Office, Legal Advisor to the Ministry of the Presidency, Ms. Geeta Chandan-Edmond, Minister of State, Mr. Joseph Harmon, Mr. Tron Lovdal, Senior Adviser, Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, Department of Climate, Energy and Environment, Ms. Hege Ragnhildstveit, Senior Adviser, Government of Norway's International Climate and Forest Initiative, Ms. Ane Marit Lid, Adviser, Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation and Presidential Advisor on the Environment, Rear Admiral (ret'd) Gary Best.
From left: Mr. Nikolaus Oudkerk, Project Management Office, Legal Advisor to the Ministry of the Presidency, Ms. Geeta Chandan-Edmond, Minister of State, Mr. Joseph Harmon, Mr. Tron Lovdal, Senior Adviser, Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, Department of Climate, Energy and Environment, Ms. Hege Ragnhildstveit, Senior Adviser, Government of Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative, Ms. Ane Marit Lid, Adviser, Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation and Presidential Advisor on the Environment, Rear Admiral (ret’d) Gary Best.

The team was led by Ms. Hege Ragnhildstveit, Senior Adviser, Government of Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative and included Mr. Tron Lovdal, Senior Adviser, Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, Department for Climate, Energy and Environment and Ms. Ane Marit Lid, Adviser, Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, while Minister Harmon was joined by Presidential Advisor on the Environment, Rear Admiral (ret’d) Gary Best and Mr. Nikolaus Oudkerk, from the Project Management Office, Ministry of the Presidency.

According to a Ministry of the Presidency media release, the Norwegian delegation will hold talks with their counterpart agencies on the GRIF Projects’ development, challenges, implementation and scheduling with the Project Management Office (PMO) and other matters connected to the Guyana-Norway Agreement.

The delegation will also meet with other connected agencies, such as the Guyana Forestry Commission, the United Nations Development Programme, the Inter-American Development Bank and civil society. The GRIF Projects are at different stages of implementation across Guyana.

In an invited comment, Ms. Ragnhildstveit said that the meeting was fruitful and appreciated.

“The Minister of State was very kind to receive us this morning and it was very encouraging to hear his remarks that Guyana appreciates the cooperation with Norway. The Minister of State is very concerned about Guyana’s rainforest and the people who live there as well as the importance of combating climate change,” she said.

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  1. The poor, gullible Norwegians falling for all the GT old talk. Do not despair as Greenpeace will be sending their own team to make their own independent assessment and then the truth will finally be revealed for even the blind to witness.

    Just like how Transparency International has become a perpetual thorn in the sides of both the PPP and APNU-AFC Regimes – Greenpeace will become the final nail on the cross for the mendicants and poseurs running Guyana into the ground.

    No amount of bugaloo, obfuscating and pathological lying will whitewash Greenpeace because they are the ‘big daddy’ of militant protests. Just ask the oil tycoons at Shell and Exxon how quick they had to clear out of the Arctic Ocean once Greenpeace arrived on the scene. In fact, to this day – they remain the worst nightmare for any multinational not towing the line. They can quickly get Guyana blacklisted for ‘environmental carnage’ and quickly reduce the failing economy to dust in no short time.

    Stay tuned…night ah run till marning catch am.

  2. What the f××ing does the Rear Add know about Guyana ‘s forest, and does the Project manager have any practical knowledge about the same.Why was not James Singh,COF present , or maybe Ms Bulkhan from the GFC Board. Peoplle that know about Guyana Forests and the damage Gold miners and some Forestry companies are doing to our Forests. No we chose ” Speak no evil , hear no evil and see no evil,” to be the team to discuss forestry, with the expert, forestry team from Norway.Our guys dont know a cubic foot from a cubic meter.They probably think all trees are the sam,e and a canopy is what they shelter under when it rains. Shamefull, and so shortsighted, if the Government thinks the negotiations, are all about, moneyand nothing else.Yes men at work.

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