Today we celebrate another World Environment Day under the theme: “Ecosystems Restoration”. This is a great goal since ecosystems are constantly under threat in Guyana. However, it cannot be achieved or maintained when Guyanese think: It is okay to remove mangroves from the coastline (our natural defences against the high tide) and replace them with man-made defences, and
PFG Press Release- Everything about the destruction of mangroves on the West Bank prompts alarm: the destruction itself; the defence of it by the Government Minister responsible; the silence of the EPA; by-passing the objections of the local Councils; and startling submissiveness in the face of business dismissal of climate change. False narratives of ‘sustainable’ and ‘responsible’ development
In his inaugural statement, newly-elected President of the Guyana Gold & Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA) at the end of November, Andron Alphonso, openly challenged miners to use their electoral clout to determine the result of the next election. “We are the swing vote”, he announced, claiming over 100,000 people are directly or indirectly involved with mining. He pledged
Through its education program, Policy Forum Guyana (PFG) has created a board game to promote freshwater education. In a press release, the NGO collective said that the game, entitled “The River Guardian” has been piloted across seven primary schools in Region Four and over 200 Grade Six students and their teachers have benefitted. The project, which was launched
Dr Michelle Kalamandeen is a Guyanese Remote Sensing and Systematic Conservation Planning Scientist currently working at Cambridge University and a collaborator with PFG. We are re-producing her Blog Post titled Fire in the Amazon: Conserve Differently. To read the blog click here.
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 monitor rivers polluted.
Interview with Bolormaa Purevjav: How is Participatory Environmental Monitoring Organized in Mongolia? Interview by Jasmin Blessing and Sarah Daitch Bolormaa Purevjav is Chair for the Stakeholder’s Engagement for Sustainable Development (SESD) in Mongolia. Bolormaa has over 15 years of experience in leading development projects and programs in broad economic and social development topics. She has also worked in
Explosive Growth in Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining Amid Rising Prices: IGF Study Rising mineral prices and the struggle to earn a living from agriculture have led to explosive growth in artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM), according to a new report from the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development. An estimated 40.5 million people were directly engaged in
On 5 November 2015, a waste dam at an iron-ore mine in southeastern Brazil collapsed, unleashing a tide of slurry that killed 19 people, displaced hundreds more and polluted 650 kilometres of fertile valleys and estuaries before spewing into the ocean. Two years later, fishing communities near the mouth of the still-contaminated Rio Doce on the Atlantic coast
So another year has passed. How quickly it happened! But we hope that you did not get bored, and instead took time to learn more about the fascinating gold market. At first glance, 2017 seems to be a dull period for the yellow metal, as it was traded within a narrow range of $1,200-$1,300 for most of the