Guyanese to give input at green consultations

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The Department of Environment, Ministry of the Presidency, in collaboration with the Green  State  Development  Strategy  (GSDS)  Coordinating  Office/UN  Environment,  has announced  the  upcoming  regional  consultations  for  the  Green  State Development Strategy (GSDS).  The objective of the consultations is to raise awareness of the GSDS and to ensure that the people of Guyana can participate and contribute to the  development  of  the  GSDS  by  identifying  and  prioritizing  their  regional  needs  and expectations. 

The  consultations will ensure participation of citizens, as required under the Constitution of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana. These consultations are hosted by  the  Regional  Democratic  Councils  (RDCs)  and  convened  in  collaboration  with  the Ministry  of  Communities  (MOC)  and  the  Ministry  of  Indigenous  Peoples’  Affairs (MOIPA), with support from the Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs).  

“Time to Think, Time to Decide, Time to Act” is the slogan used in promoting the GSDS process.  During consultations  all Guyanese will  be  encouraged to  think, discuss and  to  communicate  their  ideas  and  vision  on  how  Guyana  should  be  developed economically and sustainably over the 20-year GSDS time frame. Participants will also learn  about  the  “Framework  of  the  Guyana  Green  State  Development  Strategy  and Financial Mechanisms” – a document developed through a similar consultation process in 2017 and  approved  by the  Government of  Guyana that  has  established key  sectoral and thematic priorities of the GSDS.  

The next  consultation  will be  held  in Soesdyke at  St. Mary’s  Primary  School  on Saturday  June  16,  2018;  the  meeting  will  commence  at  10:00  h  and  conclude  at 16:00 h. 

The  GSDS  consultations  are  being  conducted  across  Guyana’s  10  regions  and  have already begun in Regions Four  and Five in  La Bonne Intention,  Moraikobai, Bush Lot and  Providence.  Guyanese nationals,  representatives  of  public/private  sector  and civil society groups are encouraged to come out,  share  their opinions and make their  voice count.

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