Approximately 135 youths participate in Environmental Camps

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The Environmental Protection Agency partnered with a number of organisations and groups to integrate environmental education into their youth camps. The Agency engaged with over 100 youths directly on topics ranging from waste management, single -use plastics to climate change and green projects and the Green State Development Strategy. The organisations/groups include: ELC’s “Dreaming Butterflies Art” camp coordinated by Artist/Designer Nadia Thomas Winter; Ecozone camp in collaboration with the Young and Thoughtful Youth Oganisation in Region 10; Fruta Conquerors Football Club summer camp, Region 4; and Grace Temple Assembly of God children's camp, Region 6.

EPA partners with WWF

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The EPA in collaboration with WWF's Guyana office and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) hosted a two day gender mainstreaming workshop durin June 13-14, 2019. The main objective was to explore how the Agency can integrate gender and inclusiveness in its work. The specific objectives of the workshop included providing a greater understanding of gender issues and the gender dimensions of various environmental sectors including forestry, waste management, and biodiversity. The workshop also aimed at strengthening the awareness of participants on international frameworks and cases on environmental issues with gender equality, women's empowerment, and human rights.

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319 persons benefit from EU FLEGT Project

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As the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) brings the curtain down on the FAO-EU FLEGT project " Providing Capacity Assistance for Community Forest Organisations (CFOs) on the Environmental Authorisation process in Guyana", 319 persons are better equipped to employ sound environmental practices. The project which commenced in September 2018 utilised awareness and capacity building as a means of supporting CFOs on the process involved in obtaining an Environmental Authorisation in accordance with the Environmental Protection Act, Cap. 20:05, Laws of Guyana. 

The Agency conducted 18 exploratory meeting with 99 Powerful/key Actors from 36 CFOs. Further, 12 workshops were conducted with 48 CFOs in Regions 1, 2, 3, 4,6,7,9,& 10; accomplishing 70% of the initial target of 69 CFOs. There are no CFOs in Regions 5 & 8. The workshops were comprehensive focusing principles of sustainable forest management. The target audience included CFO members, women's groups and youths. The Agency is grateful for the suggest of FAO-EU FLEGT and the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) in the successful execution of this project. The EPA  will continue to work with GFC and other partners to ensure effective management of our forest resources.

EPA meets the public

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The EPA in an effort to sensitise the public on its processes and procedures, as well as, their responsibilities, hosted " Meet the Public Days" The Agency, erected a booth in front of Republic Bank's Water street branch during June 19-20, from 09:00 h to 16:00h.  The Agency strategically chose one of the busiest business areas in Georgetown to interact with members of the public on its work, while encouraging greater appreciation for the environment. Members of the public were able to make complaints, uplift application documents, and engage in games and surveys. The Agency also distributed various types of publications during this exercise.  Approximately,  290 persons interacted with the Agency over the two day period. 

The Agency also collaborated with the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) to conduct three "Meet the Public" events in Mabaruma, Port Kaituma and Matthew's Ridge, Region 1 during  June 25-29, 2019. Members of the public were again afforded the opportunity to directly engage with staff of the Agency on matters of interest. The Agency will have similar outreaches in the various regions during the course of the year.