Public Service Announcement July 29, 2020

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The Environmental Protection Agency has been advancing capacity building of  its  staff  through  local  and  international  partnerships.  Moreover,  during  the  period April to July, given the COVID 19 restrictions, the Agency has aggressively pursued and participated in approximately Thirty five (35) webinars aimed at enhancing staff ability to address the growing demand for pollution control and environmental management.

These were executed through networking and collaboration with international organizations such as; International Association of Impact Assessment (IAIA), International Development Bank (IDB), International Offshore Petroleum Environmental Regulators (IOPER), and The Responsible Mining Foundation (RMF), Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), among several others.

Staff would have advanced their knowledge areas such as;

  1. Enforcing socio economic compliance from a Social Distance.
  2. In-depth session on communication strategies with practical case illustrations.
  3. Effective Project Level Grievance Mechanisms in a Changing Landscape: An Interactive Tool
  4. Finance and the energy transition.
  5. Land Consolidation Legislation: FAO Legal Guide and its Application at Country Level.
  6. Gender and Mining
  7. Compliance and Enforcement of Impact Assessment (EsIA) Requirements, Commitments and Related Permit Conditions.
  8. The Use of Remote Sensing for Mineral Exploration and Geohazards: Best Practices.
  9. Geo Engineering and Geo Environmental Hazards Monitoring and Management
  10. How to 'COVID-Proof' your workplace - Risk Reduction Advice for Employees & Employers.
  11. Our biodiversity-key to our economic growth, resilience and sustainable livelihoods.

As we navigate this new reality, our success as an Agency will no doubt rely heavily upon our ability to acquire and efficiently utilize the necessary resources to perform our functions as skilled personnels.

For more information   :

  1. Call: Georgetown Office - 225-5472 Berbice Office – 337-2201/2207 Linden Office- 444-2313
  2. Visit us on Facebook and Instagram;
  3. Visit the EPA website: epaguyana.org

International Day of Biological Diversity-May 22- “Our Solutions are in Nature

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The Web of Life.

Entwined we are, connected we are, dependent on each other, yes we are.

Each day we see the trademarks of biological diversity in trees rooted for years, natural processes and through the influence of humans. All of these characters form the web of life of which we humans are an integral part of and on which we fully depend. 

Do you know that scientists have identified over 13 million species of plants and animals?

Diversity is often understood as a wide variety of plants, animals and microorganisms. Biological diversity is the variety of life on Earth and the natural patterns which are formed. Biological diversity also includes genetic differences; it is our genetic building block that determines the uniqueness of each species of life.

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Public Service Announcement June 10, 2020

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The transformation of Guyana to an oil producing country triggered changes in our development as a Regulatory body. As new and scaled-up projects took off, the demand for pollution control and environmental management increased. As such the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) transformed and found flexible solutions to new and increasing demands on its services.

At  24  years  old,  the  Environmental  Protection  Agency  (EPA),  has  come  a  long  way. Moreover, the past two years the Agency has seen a transformation in its culture by investing heavily in our most valuable resource, our human capital, through aggressive recruitment, development of skills,   and enhancing customer service. Employee development  includes  exposure  to  local  and  international  training  opportunities;  and networking  and  collaboration  with  international  organisations  such  as  International Association of Impact Assessment (IAIA), International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), International  Offshore  Petroleum  Environmental  Regulators  (IOPER)  and  the  Air and Waste Management Association (AWMA).

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Message for Earth Day 2020

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Dr. Vincent Adams, Executive Director

Environmental Protection Agency, Guyana

Now in its 50th year, Earth Day is a time to reflect on the relationship between humanity and the vast resources which make life viable. Conceived in the United States in 1970 due to rampant environmental degradation, Earth Day has evolved into the largest global environmental movement. Public pressure has led to steady actions to stymie environmental degradation, demonstrating the invincible power of advocacy and political action to effect change.

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