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Volume 3٠Issue 1٠2007/01/02

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GREEN LEAF EPA Implements Major Projects

Editorial Note

By Tim Laing (Environmental Economist)

In

Inside this Issue: Work Continues at the EPA

1

Sea Turtle Conservation within Guyana

1

EPA Builds National Stakeholder Capacity in EM

2

First Solar Powered Stoplight in Guyana

3

Guyana Environment Week 2006

4

EE Interventions within Schools

4

Kids Corner

5

Staff Profile

5

The the last six months the Component project. Environmental Protection first programme has been Agency (EPA) has initiated, running since 2002 and implemented and completed has supported the EPA a number of externally across a range of activities, funded projects. These including technical assisprojects, supported by a tance, training and the range of international purchasing of a range of donors, help to sustain and computer, laboratory and The strengthen the operations of office equipment. programme had a total the Agency. Two of the most vital projects to the EPA have budget of US$1.28 million been the IDB funded and came to a successful Environmental Management end on November 24, 2006. Phase II programme and the The KfW GPAS project is a KfW funded Guyana step towards establishing strengthening a Protected Areas Scheme and number of Protected Areas (GPAS) Small Grants

As we usher in the New Year, let’s hope that we continue to develop and strengthen our roles and responsibilities as agents for the environment. This edition of the Greenleaf speaks about some of the EPA’s achievements within the past 3 months and some new projects that are gaining momentum. May 2007 bring a year filled with renewed partnerships and synergies.

across the country including Shell Beach, famous for its Continued on Page 2.

EPA Supports Sea Turtle Conservation within Guyana By Dominque Saheed (NRMD)

© Fotonatura

Did

the

Guyana.

decline of sea turtles began during the 1960s? Then, predominantly female turtles were a target for hunters principally for their eggs and meat. To add to this, many turtles were entangled in fishing nets that lacked Turtle Exclusion Devices. These two main threats led to action for the protection of sea turtles in

Marine

you

know

that

Turtles

Four of the

The Giant Leatherback Sea Turtle.

world’s

eight species of marine turtles come to nest on the North Western shores of Guyana. These are the Leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea), Olive Ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea), Green (Chelonia mydas) and

the

Hawksbill

(Eretmochelys imbricata).

Leatherback

Sea Turtles

which is the largest of all the marine turtles (reaches lengths of 180cm and weights approximately 500 kg) may control the ….Continued on page 3.


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Vol. 3٠Issue 1٠ 2007/01/02

The EPA Builds National Stakeholder Capacity in Environmental Management By Chris Chin (EITD) The

EPA

successfully

completed four (4) national stakeholder workshops in 2006 in an effort to sensitize our partners of roles and responsibilities with regard to environmental management in Guyana.

The

EPA with funding

from IDB created and implemented a workshop series based on a environmental management manual which was developed by the Agency to build capacity of key stakeholders in environmental management within Guyana. The target groups included representatives from Local Government, Sector Agencies, Private Sector,

and the NGO community.

The overall objective of the workshops was to: 1. Share information on instances where the EPA has been effective in assisting with environmental issues affecting various organizations and to identify ways in which the EPA can improve its approaches and methods. 2. Provide examples of effective actions by various organizations with regard to dealing with environmental issues and to suggest possibilities for improvements.

Overall,

the

EPA

was

pleased with the response received from various stakeholder groups for the

workshops. Representatives issues is the starting point used the opportunity to for stakeholders to begin highlight areas of good the process of meaningful environmental practices participation in environand those pertinent issues m e n t a l management. that everyone needs to address. The participants particularly appreciated the efforts of the © R. English workshop Workshop participants receive certificates after facilitators. completing the workshop. Facilitators were praised for their high Achieving such a level is level of professionalism and dependent on the work of the inclusive manner in the EPA and the drive of which the workshops were environmental stakeholders to include affected conducted. stakeholders in the R aising the level of environmental management awareness of environmental process.

EPA Implements Major Projects

Continued from Page 1...

rare Sea Turtles, and the Kaieteur Falls National Park, one of the most powerful an scenic waterfalls in the world. The project provides finance to a number of smaller sub-projects conducted by communities in these areas designed to strengthen livelihoods, infrastructure and the equipment and mechanisms needed to protect these areas. There is a total of €2.93 million available for these sub-projects and the

project will run until 2008.

In

addition, the EPA is

responsible for other equally important ongoing projects at the Agency. The National Capacity Self Assessment project funded by the UNDP to the sum of US$235,000 sets out to highlight the capacity constraints relevant to effective environmental management in Guyana. The project is in its final phase and will be completed by March 2007.

By Tim Laing (Environmental Economist)

The CDB funded Coastal Zone Management System project will attempt to strengthen coastal management in Guyana and is just beginning. It will run for a period of 18 months. A project funded by the Global Environment Facility through UNEP called the Implementation of a National Biosafety Framework which is near completion has been prepared and is implementing a National Biosafety Framework. This

framework looks at the safe a application of Biotechnology in Guyana.

All

of these projects, along

with the many conducted in the lifetime of the Agency have helped the EPA grow and strengthen its ability to meet its mandate. The Agency is grateful for the continued support of all its donor partners.


GREEN LEAF

Green Leaf

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EPA Supports Sea Turtle Conservation within Guyana over-abundance of jellyfish. These can reduce commercially important fish populations as they feed on fish larvae. Leatherbacks act as indicators of high fish populations.

Green

turtles,

as

and the oceans.

health

of

our

Guyana’s Turtle Data

A

Memorandum

of

Understanding was signed between the Environmental

protected area of approximately 90-mile stretch of beach along the north-west coast of Guyana, called Shell Beach. Most of the work of GMTCS is linked to the management of Shell

their

The

name suggests are greenish-yellow in colour. These turtles feed on sea grasses and algae. Turtle litter provides nutrients to many species of plants and animals.

The

Olive

Ridley

and

role of marine turtles

in the marine ecosystem is critical. The more we know about their populations and activities the better informed we would be about the stability of fish stocks

It © Fotonatura Protection Agency (EPA)Guyana and Guyana Marine Turtle Conservation Society (GMTCS) in August 2003. This NonGovernmental Organization promotes the establishment of a proposed

Beach for its conservation and sustainable use

The

collaboration between

EPA and GMTCS provides for data collection by the GMTCS and analysis of this data by the EPA. The objectives of the data

EPA Supports Solar Powered Stop Light The EPA through its Green Fund has assisted the Campbellville Environmental Development Association with the installation of a ‘Solar Powered Pedestrian Crossing Light’ at the corner of Durey Lane and Sheriff Street. This is the first pedestrian light in Guyana to be powered by solar energy.

greatest number of

turtles was observed in 2005 and the highest number of nests was seen in 2004. The month of June showed the peak of the seasons, where most number of nests and turtles are encountered.

Hawksbill turtles feed on and control the populations of invertebrates.

The

analysis are to compare the activities and the number of hatchlings produced by each species of turtle throughout the nesting season (March-August annually), which will aid conservation efforts.

The purpose of the project was to demonstrate that the use of alternative energy, in this case the sun’s energy can provide electricity. A solar cell attached to the Light traps the sun’s energy and converts it to electricity. This is used to power the Light during the day and stored in a battery for use

is our hope that with

continued monitoring of the beach by the GMTCS, sea turtles will continue to nest at the beach. The EPA and GMTCS will continue to monitor and share information for decisionmaking and management of marine turtles in Guyana and around the

By Zeya Ramnauth (EITD)

at night. The EPA is pleased to be associated with this community initiative and hopes that other community groups and environmental clubs will be inspired to apply to Green Fund for other projects that meet the criteria of the fund.

© C. Chin Solar powered stoplight


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Guyana Environment Week 2006 By Ms. Candacie Brower (EITD)

World

Environment

day

(WED) was observed in 2006 under the theme – Deserts and Desertification; Don’t Desert Drylands. In Guyana, WED is celebrated with a week of activities hence the name; Guyana Environment Week (GEW). The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) successfully coordinated and conducted activities for GEW. The most prominent activity during the observances was the annual green walk which was done on July 4 and was sponsored by

Demerara Tobacco Company. The walk comprised of environmental activists from various stakeholder groups including schools, NGOs, private sector and governmental organizations. Last years green walk however, took a different route from the usual. A tree-lined route w as chosen in keeping with the WED theme.

Labels

were placed on

trees along the route and participants were required to note the information displayed on them.

© P. Ramperaud EPA Staff pose for a photograph after completing the Green Walk.

Questions were asked at the end of the walk pertaining to the signs and

participants were rewarded for correct answers. Continued on pg 6.

Environmental Education Intervention within Schools. The

EPA conducted an

assessment of the effectiveness of FIVE of its Environmental Education (EE) interventions in Schools. Since its establishment, the EPA has made a number of EE interventions in schools including the development of four curriculum supplements for primary level 3, the training of teachers in EE, implementation of a National Environmental Quiz and Poster competitions and the promotion of Environmental Clubs. The study was funded by the IDB under the Environmental Management

By R. English

Programme Phase II which was implemented by the EPA. Dr Paulette Bynoe was the consultant engaged by the EPA to conduct the study.

Using

a variety of data

collection methods, including questionnaire surveys, individual interviews and focus group meetings the five EE interventions were assessed for the extent to which they were able to meet the goals, objectives and principles of EE.

Overall,

the study found

that each of the interventions met the criteria against which they were

© C. Chin Environmental Youth Group participates in beach cleanup activities. assessed albeit to different extents. The Environmental Club was found to be the

most successful of the five interventions. Continued on pg 6.


GREEN LEAF

Green Leaf

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Kids’ Corner

By Zeya Ramnauth (EITD)

Hats - For Fun and Protection

WORD SEARCH

Circle the hats that provide the best sun protection.

Climate Change

Trash Bins. Please colour Me!

Aerosols Biomass Chlorocarbon Climate Deforestation

Emission Fossil Fuel Greenhouse Gas Hydrocarbon Ozone

Radiation Stratosphere Ultraviolet Warming Weather

EPA Welcomes New Staff The

Environmental

Protection Agency strives to recruit qualified and motivated individuals. As such, over the past months, the Agency has recruited a number of young professionals with background in Agriculture, Forestry, Law, Natural Resources Management, Chemistry, Biology, Accounting, and Administration.

The

Agency is therefore,

pleased to welcome Ms. Chuvika Harilall and Mr. Umardatt Ramcharran who are Environmental Officers within the Natural Resources Management Division; Ms. Candacie Brower and Mr. Christopher Chin whose skills are now being shared in the Education, Information and Training Division as Environmental

By Ms. Seema Greene (HR Officer)

Officer and Environmental respectively.

Senior Officer

Ms. Tanisha Romain, Ms. Raywattie Singh and Ms. Fiona Marshall are employed within the Administrative Division as Administrative Assistant and Accounts Clerks.

Finally,

Ms.

Karen

Alleyne, Ms. Roopchand, Mr.

Karen Cleavon

Cameron, Mr. Esan Codagan, and Mr. Dylon Rachpaul currently serve in the Environmental Management Division as Environmental Officers and Field Technician.

These

Officers are tasked

with executing a number of activities in accordance with the Agency’s mandate r a n g i n g f r o m complaints pg 6.

...Continued on


Guyana’s Environment Week 2006

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The

best banner prize was

awarded to Marian Academy environmental club while the largest contingent prize went to Banks D.I.H. Music was provided by the Guyana Defense Force and a church group. Despite heavy rain the green walk 2006 attracted a large contingent. Participants were also provided with bookmarkers and stickers;

compliments press.

In

of

Pavnik

The winning banner by Marian Academy.

addition to the green

walk there were discussions surrounding WED 2006 and the theme for the observances on the Guyana Today Show environmental segment. The Newspaper articles during the month of June also focused on WED and the activities surrounding the observances.

© H. Thompson

EPA Welcomes New Staff

Cont’d from Page 5…

investigation to site visits for the purposes of monitoring, drafting policy documents, attending scoping meetings, and meeting with developers. As part of the drive to educate the public on various aspects of the environment (pollution, waste management), public awareness activities are constantly being done.

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EE Intervention within Schools.

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This

was primarily due to

them being able to achieve the EE objective of participation. It appears that though the other interventions raised environmental awareness and knowledge, they fell short with regard to participation in positive environmental actions.

Based

on its findings the

consultant recommended that the EPA strengthen its collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Regional Education Offices. This is in order for greater emphasis to be placed on the integration of EE into the school curriculum. It

was also suggested that the EPA collaborates with teacher training institutions such as the Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE) and the Burrowes school of Art. Continued training for Environmental Clubs was also recommended as was the provision of adequate EE teaching and learning materials to schools.

This

assessment also serves

the EPA in its plans for future EE interventions in schools. Evidently the Agency will ensure that these are designed to accomplish EE objectives, particularly that of participation.

Schools

have

a

social

responsibility to go beyond the mere provision of basic knowledge skills to young people and deliver a more holistic type of education. This will seek to promote an ethic of living in harmony with our environment. EE aims ultimately to change behavioural patterns of social groups and individuals towards the environment, and promotes environmentally responsible decisions and actions.

The Green Leaf is published quarterly by the Environmental Protection Agency, Guyana. It is intended to promote awareness of the Environmental Protection Agency and Guyana’s environment. Editorial Board: Sharifah Razack, Christopher Chin, Sonia Gumbs, Zeya Ramnauth, Candacie Brower, Renwick English, Tim Laing, Dominique Saheed, & Khalid Alladin. Comments and Questions: Candacie Brower (cbrower@epaguyana.org) Mailing address: Environmental Protection Agency, IAST Building, U.G. Campus, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown. Telephone: 222-2231 Ext. 16, 17 & 41. Fax. 222-2442.

Green Leaf_ January - March 2007  

EPA's Newsletter for the period Jan-Mar 2007

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