The European Union (EU) has launched an initiative for the protection of biodiversity and wildlife in Liberia. The launch took place last Wednesday, the International Day of Biodiversity, with the aim of halting the loss of biodiversity and eradicating poverty in developing countries.The biodiversity for life flagship initiative is designed to help poorest countries protect ecosystems, wildlife crime and develop green economies.According to EU Commissioner for development, the biodiversity for life will be financed initially from the EU Global Public Goods Challenges (GPGC) thematic program as well as from regional and national development cooperation envelops, with an estimated budget of up to US$800 million for 2014-2020.Mr. Andris Piebalgs, EU Commissioner for Development, said “We have already agreed with our EU partners that development is not sustainable if it damages the environment, biodiversity or natural resources. Biodiversity for life will now provide the means to step up our efforts to support livelihood through a green economy to contribute to the EU’s development agenda.”The commissioner said biodiversity and development are closely linked and mutually reinforcing; healthy ecosystems sustain development while development impacts on habitats.He said seeing ecosystem conservation and restoration as an opportunity to generate growth create jobs and reduce poverty through a green economy that contributes to the EU’s development agenda.The commissioner however expressed the hope that the initiative will attract additional funding from other development partners including EU member’s states.He further explained that EU will operate in three priority areas: promoting good governance of natural resources, improve transparency by involving public and private sectors, civil society and academia in partnerships among others to help improve regulations to protect biodiversity.”Securing healthy ecosystems for good security; “this priority will promote sustainable farming practices and the development of environment-friendly products ; help restore degraded areas; support the development of community-base land and management plans and coastal management plans, including marine protected areas.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Minister of State Joseph Harmon on Wednesday handed over four vehicles to the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission’s (GL&SC) regional offices. The handover was made at the Commission’s general staff meeting held on theMinister of State Joseph Harmon presents the keys of the vehicles that were handed over to the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission regional officers in Region Ninegrounds of the GL&SC Headquarters in D’Urban Backlands, Georgetown.As part of the 2017 Budget allocation, the Minister handed over two Honda All-terrain vehicles (ATV) for the offices in Region One (Barima-Waini) and Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), as well as two Toyota Land Cruisers for the offices in Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) and Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo). The vehicles will be used to aid in the work of the Commission for land administration, monitoring, and enforcement.“I’m extremely proud of the work that is being done by the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission… I believe that good work is being done here and quality work is being done here,” Minister Harmon was quoted by the Department of Public Information (DPI) as saying.Minister Harmon also encouraged the staff to continue to exemplify of the value of hard work to other departments in the Government. “Lands and Surveys Commission must be one of the shining examples in Government as to how, with a dedicated work force, you can turn around an entity in a very short space of time. So, I want to congratulate all of you for that and for being that shining light in Government,” he said.The programme featured holiday performances from the GL&SC staff as well as presentations of the Managers’ Reports from the Commission’s Finance and Surveys Divisions, and Human Resource and Land Administrations.