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12 Indigenous youths educated and advocated for river protection in their communities in the Upper Mazaruni.

12 Indigenous youths educated and advocated for river protection in their communities in the Upper Mazaruni PFG in collaboration with the National Center for Education Resource Development (NCERD) organised a two-day workshop with twelve representatives from six communities, in Kamarang village on the 24th and 25th January 2018. The workshop educated the participants on the …

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Press Release: Campaign To Keep Rivers alive Taken to Communities

Press Release Campaign To Keep Rivers alive Taken to Communities Policy Forum Guyana (PFG), last week commenced the systematic phase of its campaign to protect Guyana’s rivers from the devastation of mining pollution with a training workshop in Kamarang, Upper Mazaruni. Launched last July with a rally, ‘Keep the Rivers Alive’ the campaign aims to …

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Iranian Crisis Could Send Oil To $100

Oil prices started the year on a high note as some geopolitical tension pushed aside bearish concerns. Both WTI and Brent opened above $60 per barrel for the first time in years. The protests in Iran were the main driver of the bullish sentiment in the oil market. Anti-government demonstrations swept across the country in …

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Guyana: Stakeholders agree to use EITI to promote transparency

Guyana is expected to become major oil producer in 2020s. Wednesday 25 October: The EITI Board approved Guyana’s application to join the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI) at its meeting in Manila on 25 October. Guyana became the latest country to implement the EITI, the global standard for the good governance of oil, gas and …

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Global Mercury Assessment DRAFT Technical Background Report

UN Environment is currently developing a Global Mercury Assessment (GMA) to be finalized by the end of 2018, as requested by the Governing Council of the UN Environment Programme  (now UN Environment Assembly)  (Decision 27/12: Chemicals and waste management, 2013). The work will be presented in two reports; 1. A Technical Background Report, a fully …

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Canadian company to help artisanal miners produce clean gold

Photo by SEF Canada. SEF Canada, a Vancouver-based firm that specializes in corporate social responsibility, recently launched a project called “Clean Gold Community Solutions” and it is taking its first steps in Ecuador. “This is our newest economic development strategy built around artisanal mining communities,” said Suzette McFaul, SEF’s Managing Director. “Acknowledging that artisanal miners …

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Guyana Green State Development Strategy (GSDS)

Quick Facts Total Project Budget: US$ 1.2 Million Partner Entity: United Nations Environmental Programme Implementing Agency: Office of Climate Change Project Background and Summary This project aims to respond and articulate the increasing demand for methodological and analytical support for the development of a long-term platform illustrating strategies and the necessary policies that will ensure the …

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Past the Tipping Point? Contract Disclosure within EITI

When governments and private sector companies agree to exploit publicly owned natural resources, citizens have the right to know the terms of the resulting deals. These terms are contained in licenses, contracts, regulations and legislation. While regulations and legislation are usually public, licenses and contracts often are not. Four years after the Extractive Industries Transparency …

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Mercury free project to advance sustainable mining practices

Conservation International Guyana, is leading a civil society gold mining initiative to shift towards mercury free practices by 2025. The project was launched on Tuesday evening at the Pegasus Hotel, Georgetown. Vice President of Conservation International Guyana, Dr David Singh, explained that the project aims to fill the growing need to build an integrated approach …

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Oil production and environmental safeguards

Notice has been served to the public by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited (EEGPL) has applied for an environmental authorisation for petroleum operations in the offshore Stabroek Block where the lead explorer ExxonMobil made a huge oil discovery in 2015. This is another formal step in the manifestation …

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