Environmental Monitoring in Region 6

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EPA officers spent one week in Berbice, responding to complaints from residents in the region. Representatives from the Waste Management and Air Quality Management Programme areas responded to complaints of fumes and odour nuisance. In addition, air quality assessments were carried out in regards to fume emissions in the vicinity of Crabwood Creek Line Path.

A total of eight (8) complaint inspections were carried out in regards to waste management. Furthermore, the Agency visited twelve (12) rice mills in Region 6, seven (7) of which were authorised by the Agency with existing Environmental Permits and five (5) which were not authorised. The operations authorised were given timelines with recommendations with best practices to improve their facilities in order to comply with the Air Quality and Noise Management Regulations, 2000. The Agency is reminding developers that they need a valid Environmental Authorisation to operate and operating without same is a breach of  EP Act Cap. 20:05 and requisite penalties will apply.

EPA participates in ABS

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EPA participates in Caribbean Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) week in Trinidad

 

The Environmental Protection Agency participated in the inaugural Caribbean Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) Week in Trinidad. Guyana was represented by Dr. Vincent Adams, Executive Director and Mr. Vidyanand Mohabir, Environmental Officer at the EPA. 

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East Bank- East Coast Road Linkage Project

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East Bank- East Coast Road Linkage Project - Scoping Meeting 

 

The Agency in partnership with the Ministry of Public Infrastructure (MOPI) conducted three public scoping meetings in January in preparation for the East Bank- East Coast Road Linkage Project. These public meetings were held at New Diamond/Grove Primary school, North Ruimveldt Multilateral and Ogle Community Centre, respectively. Members of the public were given the opportunity to learn more about the project, share questions and concerns on how the project might affect them and most importantly, they were given the opportunity to offer recommendations on how the road can be improved.

The project summary can be accessed from the EPA's website. The Ministry of Public Infrastructure (MOPI) will be undertaking the construction of East Bank- East Coast Road Linkage Project. The main Green Field alignment starts from the Rupert Craig Highway on the East Coast and ends at the  extension of Great Diamond Road on the East Bank Public Road. The Agency has determined that an Environmental Impact Assessment ( EIA) has to be done for this project before an Environmental Authorisation can be granted.


75 persons benefit from capacity building workshops

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75 persons benefit from capacity building workshops under the EU FLEGT Programme

 

The Environmental Protection Agency as part of the EU FLEGT Programme, completed three workshops during January 2019. These workshops sensitised seventy five (75) participants in Regions 1, 2, and 9 on the importance of applying for Environmental Authorisation. Further, the workshops aim to build capacity of Community Forest Operators on forest sustainability and the importance of applying for Environmental Authorisation.

The overall goal of the programme is to ensure all Community Forest Operators become authorised in keeping with the Environment Protection Act Cap 20:05, Laws of Guyana, persons who commercially harvest and utilise forest resources must first seek approval from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

To date, the Agency has engaged appropriately 127 persons inclusive of women and youths. The Agency will continue to work with the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) to ensure CFOs are authorised and in compliance.