– violators may face jail time
Guyana may soon have demarcated areas that are protected by law, with violators being subject to fines that can go as high as $2M followed-up by a maximum five years in prison.
Also, once a person is fined by the court and continues to offend, a penalty of $100,000 per day will be exacted, and imprisonment kicks in after the second day of after-court-ruling violation.
The Protected Areas Bill that was tabled last Thursday in the National Assembly by Minister of Agriculture, Robert Persaud, doubles those maximum penalties if that offender happens to be a corporate body. Parliament was adjourned for a date to be announced.
The lowest possible fine for an offender under this proposed law is $10,000.
According to this Bill – debate in parliament on which has been deferred for a date to be announced – it is intended “…to provide for the protection and conservation of Guyana’s natural heritage and natural capital; the creation, management and financing of a national system of protected areas; the maintenance of ecosystem services of national and global importance including climate regulation; the establishment and management of a protected areas trust fund; the fulfillment of Guyana’s international environmental responsibilities; public participation in protected areas and conservation; and related purposes”.
Components of the national protected sites are the Kaieteur National Park, the programme site of the Iwokrama International Centre for rain forest areas, Amerindian areas, other areas previously declared, and privately managed areas.
The stated objectives of a protected area are to conserve biodiversity; safeguard ecological processes; protect migratory, rare, threatened or endangered species; protect the habitats of migratory, rare, threatened or endangered species; and protect an area of ecological significance which is vulnerable or threatened.
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