EPA engages students and Community Forestry Organisations in Region 9

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EPA engages students and Community Forestry Organisations in Region 9 on Environmental Authorisation under the EU FLEGT programme.


January 17, 2019 – Twenty-eight (28) persons from the two Community Forest Organisations, the North Rupununi District Development Council, Bina Hill Institute and the Guyana Forestry Commission were beneficiaries of EPA’s workshop held in Annai, Region 9. This workshop held on January 17, complements those previously held in Regions 10, 2, and 1. As part of the EU FLEGT programme, these workshops aims to build capacity of Community Forest Operators on the importance of Environmental Authorisation for the sustainable utilisation of forest resources. The overall aim of the programme is to ensure all forest operators become authorised in keeping the Environmental Protection Act Cap. 20:05, laws of Guyana. The day-long interactive workshop was divided into a theoretical aspect during the morning session which included guidance on filling out the Environmental Authorisation application form. However, during the second half of the workshop, participants were engaged on best practices relative to waste management, air quality, noise management as well as, occupational safety and health.

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Preparing for the Impending Ban on Single-Use Plastics- Part 3

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Preparing for the Impending Ban on Single-Use Plastics- Part 3

Guyana has over the years, been implementing laws (Regulations) to tackle the solid waste scourge, including the Litter Regulations 2013 and the Expanded Polystyrene Regulations 2015. The latest in the efforts is the impending ban on single-use plastic products which is expected to come into force in 2021. In our previous articles, we spoke about the ban itself and offered alternatives that you can start to consider as we transition to a life with much less plastic. For many of us, environmental issues only get our attention when they have a direct impact on our health or immediate surroundings, so you might ask yourself, why should I care about a ban on single use plastics?

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EPA conducts workshop for Community Forestry Organisations

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EPA conducts workshop for Community Forestry Organisations in Region 2


January 08, 2018 - Thirty (30) representatives from Community Forest Organisation (CFOs) in Region 2, participated in a capacity building workshop on Friday, January 04, 2019. This workshop which was held in the Boardroom of the Regional Democratic Council in Region 2 and focused on sensitising Community Forest Operators on Environmental Authorisation process. This was the third workshop under the European Union Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (EU FLEGT) programme executed by the Environmental Protection Agency. The overall aim of the programme is to ensure all Community Forest Operators become authorised in keeping with Section 14 of the Environmental Act. In accordance with Section 14 of the Environmental Protection Act Cap. 20:05, laws of Guyana, before development consent is granted, in this case harvesting and utilisation of forest resources, an Operator must first seek approval from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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EPA engages Community Forestry Organisations

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EPA engages Community Forestry Organisations in Region 10


Forty two (42) representatives from the Kwakwani, Ituni, Aroaima, Hururu, Great Falls and # 58 Miles Mabura communities benefitted from capacity building workshops under the European Union Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (EU FLEGT) programme. As part of EU FLEGT programme, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) facilitated two workshops in Kwakwani and #58 Miles Mabura, Region 10, respectively, focused on sensitising forest operators on Environmental Authorisation process. The overall aim of the programme is to ensure that all forest operators become authorised in keeping with Section 14 of the Environmental Act. In accordance with Section 14 of the Environmental Protection Act Cap. 20:05, laws of Guyana, before development consent is given, in this case the harvesting and utilisation of forest resources, an Operator must first seek approval from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This approval is in the form of an Environmental Authorisation which is a legally binding document to guide forest operators on best environmental practices before and during harvesting and utilisation of forest resources.

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