Nokta elected Chairman of Protected Areas Commission
Following closely on the heels of the landmark Protected Areas Act of 2011,
the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment (MoNRE) has constituted the Board of Directors for the Protected Areas Commission (PAC).
The multidisciplinary Board is made up of representatives from academia, indigenous communities and natural resources sector agencies.
The establishment of the Board is the first step in the Ministry’s plan to create an effective, globally recognized national protected areas system. With the Ministry’s support, the Board will bring to bear decades of international experience in shaping a protected areas system that is contextual to Guyana, effective and ultimately sustainable.
High on the Board’s list of priorities is the establishment of the PAC which will have primary responsibility for the day to day management of the protected areas system. The Board will work closely with the PAC in strengthening the management of national protected areas through capacity-building, education and awareness, job creation and livelihood development.
A national system of protected areas is a key component of the Government’s vision for Guyana’s development, as protected areas must serve as a tool for both conservation and income generation. Along with the Low Carbon Development Strategy, the creation of an effective national protected areas system will further solidify Guyana’s position at the forefront of new and innovative approaches to conservation and sustainable development, a release from the Ministry said yesterday.
The board recently held their first statutory meeting which was attended by Robert Persaud, Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment. Also attending the meeting, were Sham Note and Major General (retired), Joseph Singh who were elected Chairman and Vice-Chairman, respectively.
Other members of the Board are Sharon Austin, John Caesar, Dr. Intermit Admass, Shania Rose and Bertie Xavier. Representatives from the Guyana Forestry Commission, Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission, Guyana Geology and Mines Commission, the Attorney General’s Chambers and the Monroe have also been appointed to the Board as ex-officio members.