…making Bartica a ‘green’ town, one project at a time

AS Guyana forges ahead with it's Green State Development Strategy, President David Granger has envisioned Bartica (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) as the first ‘green’ town in Guyana and the Caribbean, leading in areas such as renewable energy, electric vehicles and environmental stewardship. 


One of the key drivers of this vision is the Office of Climate Change (OCC), which is headed by Mrs Janelle Christian. The OCC is determined to play its part and has been quietly doing that for the past two years in the town of Bartica with funding from the Italian Government and the Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership (J-CCCP).

The control room at the Three Miles Secondary School for the Photovoltaic System, which was installed through the Office of Climate Change
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The Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) will soon be able to access funds from the Guyana REDD+ Investment Fund (GRIF), moving closer to restoring the commission to its rightful place.

Minister of Natural Resources, Hon. Raphael Trotman told a press conference today, that while the commission has been experiencing some financial difficulties, the government, through his ministry, is working to return it to full viability, making “it even better than before.”

Included in the efforts are the use of funds from the Guyana/Norway Agreement and the sale of the High Street, Georgetown building.

“Cabinet has given its “in principle” support, and I have written to Minister of State, her ministry is the one under which the Office of Climate Change and project management office come… asking for us to start the process of actualising that cabinet decision which came at the beginning of this year,” the minister told the media.

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Georgetown, Guyana – (August 21, 2019) Minister of State, Mrs. Dawn Hastings- Williams, yesterday, travelled to Kurukubaru, Potaro-Siparuni (Region Eight) to get a first-hand look at the challenges facing the community, following a request residents made to her for foodstuff.

In a letter to the Minister, the residents outlined that due to heavy rainfall since April their farmlands had become flooded, resulting in them being unable to grow and reap their main staple, cassava. As a result of this situation, the village's earning power and food supplies had become depleted and residents were forced to seek the intervention of the Government.

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Climate Change Awareness is reaching more schools in Guyana as the Office of Climate Change (OCC) continues to work towards guarding the country against this global threat.

The Climate Change Awareness Outreach started two years ago to enlighten students on the effects of climate change.

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Georgetown, Guyana – (February 26, 2019) The Office of Climate Change (OCC), today, opened its second National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Workshop, which is aimed at facilitating input for the review of the National Action Plan (NAP) to reduce Guyana’s vulnerability to the impacts of climate change.

The workshop will also facilitate the integration of climate change into new and existing policies and programmes regarding Guyana’s development.

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Georgetown, Guyana – (February 12, 2019) Minister of State, Mr. Joseph Harmon, within whose purview responsibility for the Department of Environment and the Office of Climate Change fall, is currently in Paramaribo, Suriname to attend the High Forest Cover, Low Deforestation (HFLD) Conference on Climate Finance Mobilisation, which began today and will conclude on February 15, 2019. The Minister will address the conference on Thursday.

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