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Issue date: 
27 July 2011

No group of Amerindians living in voluntary isolation

TOSHAOS and Regional Chairmen of the 10 administrative regions yesterday declared that Guyana does not have any existing group of indigenous people living in isolation. This declaration came following a presentation by Project Coordinator- Ministry of Amerindian Affairs, Sharon Austin, on the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organisation (ACTO) with particular emphasis on indigenous peoples living in voluntary isolation and initial contact.

Issue date: 
30 July 2011

Toshaos agree by majority vote on resolution to fast track Norway forest funds

Amerindian leaders have agreed by majority vote to a resolution calling for the fast-tracking of the institutional requirements for the release of the Norway funds critical to the implementation of projects under the Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS).

Issue date: 
05 July 2011

President raises climate change issues with EU Commissioner, Columbia President

PRESIDENT Bharrat Jagdeo has raised the issue of undisbursed climate change funds with Columbian President Juan Manuel Santos and Andris Piebalgs, the European Commissioner from Latvia, both of whom attended the 32nd CARICOM Heads of Government Conference in Basseterre, St. Kitts.

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02 Jul 2011

Guyana prepared to deal with illegal forest activities

Government as part of its continued efforts to pursue the protection of its rainforest and to address issues relating to illegal activities within, inclusive of illegal gold mining united with Suriname and French Guiana to host a workshop.

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July 9, 2011

Jagdeo frets about non-release of Norway funds

President Bharrat Jagdeo continues to fret about the non-release of the Norway climate funds, and has decided to push ahead with the project to give Amerindians electricity using funds from the treasury.
The solar panel project, which President Jagdeo yesterday said would cost US$2.5 million, was expected to be financed through the five-year forest-saving deal with Norway.

Issue date: 
10 July 2011

President slams IDB, World Bank for pussyfooting with Norway funds

PRESIDENT Bharrat Jagdeo has accused the partner financial institutions to the Guyana REDD Investment Fund (GRIF) of behaving as though the money Guyana earned through the Norway MOU is a grant that they’re tasked with disbursing through their usual mechanisms.

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22 June 2011

President Jagdeo and German President focus on global efforts to combat climate change

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June 21, 2011

FAO steps up for Small loggers Association

Ten forested communities, among them Muritaro, Aranaputa, and Bethany, yesterday signed the support US$50,000 agreement between the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), the Guyana Forestry Commission and the Forestry Training Centre Incorporated under the National Forest Programme Facility.
The three-year project, “Capacity Building of Small Loggers’ Associations” is not only geared at forest resources but provide training for villagers to generate income in alternative ventures such as craft and poultry.

Issue date: 
20 June 2011

Guyana-Norway partnership, GRIF, works in progress

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June 12, 2011

Invisible exports – timber logs to Jamaica unrecorded by the Guyana Forestry Commission

Dear Editor,
Jamaican Customs opened a shipping container in mid-March and discovered 122kg of cocaine in bags with a consignment of 130 logs. The Guyana Forestry Commission admitted knowledge of this shipment,
apparently associated with a State Forest Permission assigned to Aroaima Forest Producers Association but actually operated by a Chinese national.


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by Dr. Radut