WORLD HABITAT DAY

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World Habitat Day

 

The United Nations has designated the first Monday of October every year as World Habitat Day; this year, World Habitat Day will be held on October 7, 2019. The purpose of World Habitat Day is to reflect on the state of our towns and cities, and on the basic right of all to adequate shelter. It is also intended to remind the world that we all have the power and the responsibility to shape the future of our cities and towns.

 

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Are you burning your waste

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Are you burning your waste

 

The burning of waste, sometimes referred to as opening burning or backyard burning, is an environmentally poor waste management option.  You may have had the disturbing experience of being in your home when suddenly everything is in a cloud of smoke.  As we travel through communities all across Guyana, we often can see thick smoke billowing, fires near electric poles, sometimes causing worry that a home is on fire.   Open fires are dangerous to public health and the environment.  Waste commonly burned at or nearby homes and business premises, may include paper, cardboard, textiles, plastics, household and industrial chemicals, food, and yard clippings.

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EPA partners with WWF to strengthen management of Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining (ASGM) industry in Guyana

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EPA partners with WWF to strengthen management of Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining (ASGM) industry in Guyana

 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in collaboration with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Guianas – Guyana Country Office, with support from the Netherlands Commission on Environmental Assessment partnered to successfully execute a one week training workshop from July 8-12, 2019. The workshop which was facilitated by two experts, Giel Hendriks and Peter Nelson from the Netherlands Commission on Environmental Assessment aimed at building capacity of local organisations to strengthen management within Guyana’s mining sector. Approximately, thirty-five (35) participants representing seventeen (17) agencies in the environmental conservation and management arena benefited from a training workshop focused on increasing human resource capital and capability to undertaken Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) for the ASGM and other sectors.

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World Turtle Day 2019: Preparing for the impending ban on single-use plastics (Part 4)

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World Turtle Day 2019: Preparing for the impending ban on single-use plastics (Part 4)

 

Shell Beach is different than conventional beaches: it is not known for its white sandy beaches or blue waters. Shell Beach is home to four of the seven remaining types of sea turtles; Leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea), Hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata), Olive Ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea), Green Turtle (Chelonia Mydas). The area serves as an important nesting ground for marine turtles and is home to the largest contiguous area of productive mangrove forests. For many Guyanese residing on the coast, they have only heard tales of the Leatherback Turtle, the world's largest sea turtle, but have never seen one. Located in the Barima Waini, Region 1, the beach stretches over 120 kilometers or 75 miles of mudflats. As we celebrate World Turtle Day 2019, it is an important time to pause and celebrate our turtle and tortoise species and raise awareness on the importance of habitats such as Shell Beach.

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