Ministry of Natural Resources, Guyana, December 2, 2016
In an effort to improve the capacity of the forest sector, fifteen (15) staff within the Guyana Forestry Commission recently participated in a two day training workshop on 24 -25 November, on tree identification. This tree identification workshop was unique because the technique involved in identifying the trees was an Electronic Identification Key which allowed participants to determine the tree species by selecting the botanical component, DNA barcodes and wood anatomy features.
A practical exercise to demonstrate the methods to obtain wood samples was conducted. The workshop concluded with an analysis of the experience of using the key and making recommendations to improve the tool and promote its use in Amazon countries.
The Environment Coordinator of the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO) Mrs. Theresa Castillion-Elder, expressed appreciation to the Guyana Forestry Commission for its support to the organization for the training workshop, the trainers from the SINCHI Institute of Colombia and the Forest Product Laboratory from Brazil. She also expressed appreciation to the Amazon Regional Program (BMZ / DGIS / GIZ) for its support.
Mr. Speaker Honourable Members, I would like to address the issue of a payment made to the Government of Guyana by ExxonMobil in 2016 in connection with what has been dubbed the scandal surrounding a ‘signing bonus’. The story as told by a section of Guyana’s media alleges deception on the...