Head of the Office of Climate Change Janelle ChristianThe Ministry of the Presidency’s Office of Climate Change on Wednesday hosted a stakeholder validation workshop on the National Climate Change Policy and Action Plan.The workshop, which was hosted at Cara Lodge and saw several stakeholders in attendance, was aimed at pursuing sustainable management of forest resources which is a major source of mitigation to the change in climate. It will be based on the three pillars of sustainable development which includes economy, environment and human resources.Head of the Office of Climate Change, Janelle Christian during her remarks at the opening of the workshop highlighted the changes that are being experienced in the Caribbean which includes more hot days, more intense rainfall and longer periods of drought which puts livelihood and other economic activities at risk.She noted that the source of power generation in Guyana is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and as a result, Government has aspired to transition to renewable energy. “We will continue to pursue sustainable management of our forest resources,” she said.Further, Christian alluded to the challenges facing Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo), with respect to water and water resources due to the prolonged dry season, however, due to Government’s construction of a manmade reservoir, it was able to offer some relief to some of those communities.She noted that the signs of climate change have been recognised and as a result, Guyana needs to take action to ensure the protection of lives, livelihood, ecosystems and infrastructure for the people of Guyana. “We need to have a framework across Government to do policy strategies and plan to ensure that we adapt, adjust and build resilience so that when these events come, we are able to withstand and continue life as normal,” she added.According to Christian, Guyana is now preparing its third national communication to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.The aim of this policy is to ensure that action is taken across all of Government and the community level since the people are usually the first to be affected by climate change. “We want to ensure that whether we have months without rainfall, it will not disrupt the livelihood of our people,” she stated.She highlighted the need for the creation of resilience in assets and infrastructure adding that the policy will take into account all vulnerable groups among us.Meanwhile, consultant Dr Kalim Shah, who gave an overview of the policy, noted that as climate change action is being implemented in Guyana, awareness should be made with respect to efficiency in the use of limited resources and should not aim to replicate programmes already being undertaken by other related agencies but rather focus on the building of capacity and other resources to tackle climate change.Guyana’s climate change policy seeks to integrate the socio-economic and environmental challenges of climate change into national sustainable development planning that generates strategic actions at all levels for adaptation, mitigation and resilience.The national goals for addressing climate include the reduction of climate-related loss and damage across productive sectors, promoting community development and redirecting economic activities away from vulnerable areas. It also aims at reducing poverty, loss of livelihood and food insecurity and promoting a clean environment for all.Further, it targets the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions across sectors and transitioning to climate resilient infrastructure and integrated physical land use plans. It also seeks to promote holistic development planning by utilising environmentally friendly materials and adopting new technologies and early warning signs.Further, it aims to develop and implement sustainable land management best practices to combat land degradation with focus on the hinterland and improved availability and access to climate change data and information.
19 April 2011 The third BRICS Leaders Meeting in Sanya, China marked a “very successful entry” for South Africa into the grouping of powerful developing economies, says Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies. Speaking to journalists in Pretoria on Sunday following his return from last week’s BRICS summit, Davies said South Africa was well aware that in many ways it did not measure up to Brazil, China, India and Russia, but had been invited to join the grouping because it served as a gateway to Africa. He described the meeting as highly successful for South Africa, adding that important bi-lateral trade issues were discussed, especially with China. Chinese delegates were sympathetic to South Africa’s call for investment in beneficiation, which could have positive implications for the country’s export revenue, Davies said. At the moment, South Africa exports mainly raw mineral materials to China while importing manufactured goods.BRICS mull trade in local currencies Davies told journalists that the five BRICS nations could benefit considerably by trading directly in their own currencies, cutting out unstable internationally convertible currencies. Davies said such a system would take out the money lost to the “middle man” in conversion, and protect the BRICS partners from the volatility affecting internationally convertible currencies, notably the dollar. “First of all the middle man always takes a cut, and we are also having to take into account the currency fluctuation that happens along the way.” The proposal is considered one of the most interesting developments to come out of the BRICS summit and could have serious implications for the dollar, but it raises question about how the members would calculate conversion rates Davies said the countries were not “remotely close” to picking the model for making their currencies inter-convertible. He stressed that the proposal was part of the emerging market countries’ call for greater say in how the world’s financial system was run and the debate on which currencies should be in the emergency “basket” of drawing rights managed by the International Monetary Fund. Davies said monetary policy in the developed world was wreaking havoc on developing economies like South Africa by inflating their currencies as investors went hunting for higher exchange rates. Commenting on the Doha Round of tariff negotiations, Davies said it was imperative that the talks continued but addressed obstacles for developing nations, notably agriculture subsidies. “There must be a next round, but it must be a development round,” he said. Sapa
Twitter Jaaji, left, and Chelsey June, right, make up Ottawa duo Twin Flames. The musicians recorded their song Human for the UNESCO Year of Indigenous Languages. (Sean Sisk) CBC is doing a series of stories to recognize that the United Nations has declared 2019 the International Year of Indigenous Languages. The observance is meant to raise awareness about the consequences of losing endangered languages, and to establish a link between language, development, peace and reconciliation. When Chelsey June and Jaaji take the stage as the band Twin Flames, they want to break down barriers and help people connect with each other — no matter what background they come from.That’s their message in their new single Human, which is a song for UNESCO’s International Year of Indigenous Languages. June, who is Métis, and Jaaji, who is Inuk and Mohawk, say they want to reach people who do not speak their languages Advertisement The band, which has won several national music awards for their work, blends contemporary folk music with Indigenous storytelling. Their songs are in English, Inuktitut and French. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement