Enforcement Action & Environmental Authorisation

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has completed its repository and comprehensive review of its operations. There are currently 1951 projects on file, with the numbers expected to increase significantly with the quadrupling of the economy in the next four years. During January and February, there was an increase of 13% in the number of Environmental Authorisations granted when compared to the same period in 2019.

The Agency continues to place high value on ensuring projects are authorised within the ambits of the Environmental Protection Act and Regulations. In the months of January and February, the Agency issued more than twenty one (21) enforcement actions for various environmental breaches including cessation of operations. 

The EPA reminds the general public that operating without a valid Environmental  Authorisation is illegal.  
 

Environmental clubs training in Region 1

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The EPA partnered  with the Protected Areas Commission (PAC), to conduct a two day training during November 26-27, 2019, in Santa Rosa. The training which targeted PAC Rangers and teachers of schools in the Moruca sub-region, Region 1, aimed to equip participants with tools to form new clubs, revive existing ones and work towards making  environmental clubs relevant, impactful and sustainable.

Sixteen (16) teachers from 7 schools and 5 Rangers attached to the Protected Areas Commission (PAC) were exposed to topics such as: the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Green State Development Strategy and Education, climate change, waste management, biodiversity loss, water and sanitation, leadership, environmental games and programme planning, among others.

Strengthening Administration and Review of EIA/ESIA

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in collaboration with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Guianas – Guyana Country Office, and the Netherlands Commission for Environmental Assessment successfully executed a training workshop on Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) during November 5-8, 2019. The workshop which was facilitated by two experts, Mr. Stephen Teeuwen and Mr. Peter Nelson from the Netherlands Commission on Environmental Assessment aimed at building capacity of environmental regulators to strengthen the administration and review of the EIA/ESIA. Approximately, forty (40) professionals, comprising of 35 EPA staff, along with representatives from the Environmental Assessment Board (EAB) and the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) were beneficiaries of the training.
 

The training exercise was able to educate the different agencies about the  value of EIA; importance and principles of EIA review; and formulating feedback and permit conditions, amongst others. It also saw the principles being applied to review some active EIAs engaging the attention of the EPA.  Further, the process facilitated review and strengthening of pertinent existing guidelines within the EPA for finalisation.

EPA engages indigenous communities on ASL Project

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Approximately one hundred and sixty nine (169) persons from the communities of Fair View, Crashwater, Rewa and Apoteri, Iwokrama River Lodge, the North Rupununi District Development Board (NRDDB) and the Kanaku Mountain Community Resource Group (KMCRG) participated in consultation during November 22-27, 2019. The purpose of these consultations was to provide information about the ASL project to the villages, as well as, have stakeholders contribute their perspective on barriers, threats and potential opportunities that may arise as a result of the project.

In June 2019, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council approved the Project titled: Securing a Living Amazon through Landscape Connectivity in Central Guyana (ASL project). The EPA and its partners DoE, WWF-Guianas and external consultants are in the process of  preparing the project document. As part of this process, project stakeholders are to be consulted so as to get maximum input in project design.