South Rupununi toshaos to assist in monitoring natural resources, environmental activities

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Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment Robert Persaud and team in the meeting with toshaos of The Rupununi

A TEAM of toshaos and councillors from the South and South-Central Districts,in The Rupununi, Thursday met with the Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment Robert Persaud and representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) and the Ministry of Amerindian Affairs to inform and share information on development plans for their communities.The toshaos and councillors brought to the attention of the minister and team their plans for development, and also highlighted issues that affect their respective communities. Discussion centred on mining, safe mining practices, adherence to laws and regulations, the environment,a land management plan, monitoring of irregular activities, water quality testing and technical training.
Minister Persaud encouraged the toshaos and councillors of Shulinab, Katoonarib, Shea, Maruranau, Karaudaranau, Shulinab and Potarinau to commit to reporting all irregular activities to the relevant ministries or agencies to enhance national security, and at the same time make their communities more secure.
He also committed that a training programme will be designed and implemented by the GGMC and the EPA to accommodate and train designated community members in Geographical Information Systems (GIS), water quality testing and monitoring. This programme, he stated, should be implemented within the next three to four weeks.
The minister also recommended that all irregular activities and cases of breaches of the law be directed to the relevant ministries and law enforcement agencies through the Ministry of Amerindian Affairs.
The visiting team was also encouraged to utilise the established mechanisms such as the National Toshaos Council (NTC), Regional Democratic Councils (RDC), Indigenous Peoples Commission (IPC) and the Ministry of Amerindian Affairs to further their developmental goals.