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UG, NASA, SERVIR-Amazonia Sign MoU to support research, geospatial skills to help Guyana manage climate risks  

The University of Guyana (UG) says it will benefit from  an inter-institutional collaboration that will strengthen the development of information  services for mangrove mapping and monitoring. Signing the  Memorandum of  Understanding (MoU) on Tuesday with UG were SERVIR-Amazonia and the National Aeronautics and Space  Administration (NASA). SERVIR-Amazonia, a subsidiary of SERVIR Global, is part of a joint development initiative  by ...

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Iwokrama revives stricter enforcement against gold mining

The Iwokrama International Centre for Rainforest Conservation has again begun strictly enforcing the laws against gold mining in the almost 1 million acre reserve, after a lull due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Iwokrama Management is continuing its zero-tolerance approach to these activities, especially gold mining and other illegal activities,” the organisation said. In keeping with the mandate of Iwokrama, the ...

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Former Environmental Chief, ExxonMobil differ on legality of flaring

Former Executive Director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Dr. Vincent Adams and ExxonMobil were Wednesday at odds over the legality of the flaring of gas due to  a malfunctioned gas compressor that has since been flown to Germany for repairs. Dr. Adams said government should have ordered ExxonMobil to shut down its operations until the gas compressor is fixed, ...

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Guyana, ExxonMobil about to ink Payara well approval; hefty fines for flaring, dumping untreated water

Guyana is on the verge of signing an agreement with ExxonMobil for its Payara Development Plan that would provide for hefty fines for flaring and the dumping of untreated water back into the sea, Minister of Natural Resources Vickram Bharrat said Friday. He told News-Talk Radio Guyana 103.1 FM/Demerara Waves Online News that the actual fines were still under discussion ...

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Guyana’s environmental chief sent on leave

The Executive Director of Guyana’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Dr. Vincent Adams was Thursday sent on leave even as that environmental watchdog agency is in the middle of considering ExxonMobil’s Field Development Plan for the Payara well. Mr. Adams said the Office of the President’s Permanent Secretary, Abena Moore issued him the letter Thursday afternoon informing him that he is ...

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ExxonMobil says treated production water discharge safer than reinjection

ExxonMobil  says it prefers to discharge treated production water into the Atlantic Ocean offshore Guyana instead of re-injecting it into the Liza Phase One well. President of ExxonMobil Guyana, Alistair Routledge explained that the water is treated on the vessel and “what is discharged causes no damage to the environment.” “It’s treated to international standards and it’s no harm at ...

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Severe flood at Grove, East Bank Demerara

Homes, businesses and yards in a section of Grove, East Bank Demerara, were Wednesday night inundated by flood waters from the nearby Demerara River as a result of a damaged koker (sluice), authorities said. The Civil Defence Commission (CDC) said the Diamond Secondary School has been identified as a temporary shelter for residents affected by the breached koker in the ...

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Govt to establish committee to look at protecting Georgetown against floods

by Samuel Sukhnandan Government plans to give serious attention to protecting Guyana’s capital city, Georgetown, from rising sea levels by establishing an inter-ministerial committee to look at developing a plan to address the issue. This announcement was made by Minister of Local Government and Regional Development Nigel Dharamlall who said that it is the view and mandate of the new ...

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Iwokrama to use high-tech drones to spot illegal miners

The Iwokrama International Centre for Rainforest Conservation says it will be using technology to monitor and catch gold miners and other people engaged in illegal activity in or near the 371,000 hectare (almost one million acre) reserve, in the wake of unauthorised mining that has damaged the forest floor. “The Centre is installing cameras in certain areas and has also ...

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Caretaker gov’t status endangers environmental watchdog budgeted monitoring capacity

Guyana’s environmental watchdog’s capacity-building efforts to monitor its quickly developing oil and gas sector are being stymied by this South American nation government’s inability, due to its caretaker status stemming from the no-confidence motion, to approve funding the agency. The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Executive Director, Dr Vincent Adams, addressing a Guyana Manufacturers and Services Association (GMSA) business luncheon on ...

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