Georgetown, Guyana – (March 22, 2017) Three students of the E.R. Burrowes School of Art were declared first, second and third place winners of the Office of Climate Change’s (OCC) Logo and Tagline Competition. They are Mr. Dillon Craig, who won the first place prize of $150,000, Ms. Herschelle Pellew the second place winner, who bagged $75,000 and Mr. Ransford Simon received $50,000 coming in at third place. The winners were presented with their cheques today at a simple ceremony at the school.

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Georgetown, Guyana – (March 18, 2017) The Office of Climate Change (OCC), which falls under the purview of the Ministry of the Presidency, in collaboration with the Caribbean Youth Environment Network (CYEN), yesterday, visited three schools in East Berbice-Corentyne (Region Six) to continue its countrywide Climate Change sessions, which are aimed at educating students on the effects of the global phenomenon and Guyana’s pursuit of a ‘green’ agenda.

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Guyana is among 10 countries that will be benefitting from a climate change adaptation programme that will be funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

The agency, in collaboration with the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) is financing the programme that seeks to tackle climate change challenges in Eastern and Southern Caribbean countries.

Head of the Office of Climate Change, Janelle Christian told the Government Information Agency (GINA) that in January, consultation meetings were hosted to discuss the way forward for Guyana with agencies from the agricultural sector, development partners, Civil Defence Commission (CDC) and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs).

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Guyana is crafting a national climate change policy with assistance from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).

Head of the Office of Climate Change, Janelle Christian, said the policy will ensure that there is collective action to mainstream climate change mitigation efforts across all sectors. Christian explained that her office has been in discussions with the CDB for several months, on the policy.

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Georgetown, Guyana – (December 14, 2016) A team from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), who are currently in Guyana to support the development of the Green State Development Strategy (GSDS) in collaboration with the Project Management Office in the Ministry of the Presidency, today, registered their overall satisfaction with the progress of their work and the pace at which Guyana is moving in the pursuit of the ‘green’ agenda.

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Marrakesh, Morocco – (November 14, 2016) President David Granger has described Guyana’s ‘green state’ policy as central to the long term development of the country, following a briefing meeting with the technical team attending the 22nd Session of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations’ Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22) in Marrakesh, Kingdom of Morocco. The President, who arrived, today, was invited by the King of Morocco, His Majesty Mohammed VI to attend the Joint High Level Segment (HLS) of COP22 on November 15, 2016.

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A Guyana delegation will participate at the Twenty-Second session of the Conference of Parties (COP 22) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. COP 22 will be held in Marrakesh, Morocco, Nov 7-18, 2016.

Speaking with the media today, at a post cabinet press conference, Minster of State, Joseph Harmon, said that the conference is expected to be an important step in implementing the Paris agreement which was adopted at Cop 21 last year. Harmon added that 81 parties representing 60 percent of global emissions have ratified the Paris agreement so far.

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Georgetown, Guyana – (April 5, 2016) The Office of Climate Change (OCC) intensified its efforts, over the Easter weekend, to transition Bartica, Region Seven into a thriving green locale.

The OCC capitalised on the occasion of the Bartica Regatta to step-up its engagements with residents and visitors alike, providing pertinent information on initiatives to foster a green economy and informing them about their roles and responsibilities as citizens of a green town.

A team from the OCC, which included Presidential Advisor on the Environment, Rear Admiral (ret'd) Gary Best, was able to cover a lot of ground. An information booth was set up where residents were able to collect brochures and other paraphernalia on a green economy and where they were updated on the transitioning process.

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Georgetown, Guyana – (May 18, 2016) President David Granger, today, met with the Heads of the various agencies under the Ministry of Natural Resources, the Ministry of the Presidency and the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, which together have responsibilities for Guyana’s natural resources to assess Guyana’s preparedness for the transition to a ‘green’ economy.

The meeting, which was held at the Ministry of the Presidency, also provided those attending with an opportunity to discuss government’s ‘green’ development agenda and the involvement of these agencies in advancing that agenda towards the eventual goal of a national ‘Green Development Plan for Guyana.’

Minister of State, Mr. Joseph Harmon, Minister of Natural Resources, Mr. Raphael Trotman, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Natural Resources, Mr. Joslyn McKenzie, Head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Dr. Indarjit Ramdass, Head of the Guyana Energy Agency, Dr. Mahendar Sharma, Chief Executive Officer of the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission, Mr. Trevor Benn, Commissioner of the Guyana Forestry Commission, Mr. James Singh, Head of the Office of Climate Change, Ms. Janelle Christian, Chief Executive Officer of the Iwokrama International Centre for Rainforest Conservation and Development, Mr. Dane Gobin and Head of the Wildlife Management Authority, Ms. Alona Sankar, attended the meeting. Other representatives from the Project Management Unit, National Parks Commission, Protected Areas Commission and members from the Boards for the various agencies were also present.

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Georgetown, Guyana – (August 23, 2016) President David Granger, today, met with senior officials of the various agencies that are responsible for the protection and management of the environment. During the meeting, the President requested that the group prepare a document, which details the priority areas, opportunities and other relevant information regarding Guyana’s biodiversity. He explained that this information will be used to inform his bilateral talks with heads of states on the side-lines of the 71st Regular Session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in New York next month.

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