Compliance training for 69 Community Forestry Organisations

─ training increases awareness in areas of legal obligations, fiscal and social duties

─ community groups say training “insightful”

By Felecia Valenzuela

DPI, Guyana, Tuesday, May 28, 2019

The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the European Union (FAO-EU) sponsored initiative, through its Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Programme, was held for eleven months with members of Community Forestry Organisations.

Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman [centre] with FAO Representative in Guyana, Dr. Gillian Smith and Mr. Kenny David, Head, FLEGT Secretariat

Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman [centre] with FAO Representative in Guyana, Dr. Gillian Smith and Mr. Kenny David, Head, FLEGT Secretariat

It focused on areas where compliance has been lacking. These include; Corporation and Income Tax requirements, National Insurance and Social Security requirements, and labour matters such as employee age, non-discrimination, occupational health and safety and payment of wages.

Welcoming the initiative, many participants described it as insightful.

Chairperson of the Maria Elizabeth Small Loggers and Farmers Association speaks with the Department of Public Information (DPI)

Chairperson of the Maria Elizabeth Small Loggers and Farmers Association speaks with the Department of Public Information (DPI)

Chairperson of the Maria Elizabeth Small Loggers and Farmers Association acknowledged that her association has been fined many times for not complying to GFC’s code of practice. “It was very informative, we learned so much from that process, we used to have some big fines from the Guyana Forestry Commission and from the time we had this [training], our members are adjusting themselves to suit GFC’s code of practice.”

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