Press Release – Natural Resources Minister delivers on commitment to Ituni Small Loggers

-as efforts continue to revive the forest sector

As part of government’s plan to revive the forest sector, the Ministry of Natural Resources in collaboration with the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) is pleased to announce the issuance of Two Thousand and Five (2005) Log Tracking tags to the Ituni Small Loggers Association, approximately 4,672.96 m3.

Natural Resources Minister Vickram Bharrat and other officials listening to the concerns of loggers at ItuniThis is as a result of the Minister of Natural Resources, Hon. Vickram Bharrat recent visit to that community.  During his visit, the Minister met with several members of the association and residents who expressed their concerns about the economic difficulties faced within that community.  It was pointed out that Ituni depends solely on Logging as its main economic activity.  As such, the availability of approved harvestable logging quota managed through the GFC’s issuance of Log Tracking Tags is vital for the sustainability of that community.

Some of the small loggers receiving their log-tracking tagsTherefore, a collaborative effort between the Guyana Forestry Commission and the Association   saw the resolution of this matter. On October 08, the Chairman of the Ituni Small Loggers Association Mr. Richard James uplifted the 2005 Log Tracking Tags for his association.

Additionally, Minister Bharrat kept his promise to Region Two loggers and miners for a follow up meeting with regulatory agencies. As such the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) and the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) engaged stakeholders with the aim of providing efficient service within the sectors. Several initiatives were adopted which were welcomed by stakeholders. This meeting was held at State House Anna Regina on October 16 and was attended by Ms. Vilma Da Silva-Regional Chairperson, Mr. Humace Oodit-Regional Vice Chairman, Mr. Gavin Agard-Commissioner (ag) GFC, Mr. Tasreef Khan-Deputy Commissioner, GFC and Mr. Krishna Ramdass-Manager of Mines Division GGMC.

Further, these efforts by the Ministry of Natural Resources through the Guyana Forestry Commission and other natural resources regulatory agencies are in keeping with the Minister’s commitment to contribute to the development of rural and hinterland forest communities through Sustainable Forest Management.

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