Guyana president named global rain forest Ambassador
Bharrat Jagdeo is chosen as the first ever Goodwill Ambassador for tropical rain forests.
GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Monday June 6, 2011 – President Bharrat Jagdeo has been named by leaders of the Amazonian, Congo and Borneo-Mekong forests as the world's first Goodwill Ambassador for tropical rain forest, a part-time position which will take effect when he leaves office.
He was proposed by President of the Democratic Republic of Congo Dennis Sasso Nguesso, during the Heads of States and Government conference on the three tropical forest basins of the world which was held in that African country, in recognition of his global leadership on forest and climate change issues.
During the meeting, which was aimed at sharing solutions to save forests and support the fight against the devastating consequences of climate change, Guyana’s Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS) also received high praise and its efforts in the international arena to combat climate change were recognized.
Meantime, Guyana and the Congo have inked a five-year agreement to increase cooperation between the two countries in the field of forestry and wood industries.
The Memorandum of Understanding, which was signed by Guyana’s Agriculture Minister Robert Persaud and Congolese Minister of Forestry and Sustainable Development Henri Djombo, will see the two countries establishing and developing cooperation to address sustainable forest management and the enhancement and development of processed wood and wood-based construction industries.
The bilateral cooperation in the technical, industrial and managerial aspect of the forest industry will significantly enhance the development of the two countries.
Other initiatives will include: exchange visits by delegations from the two countries; exchange of information on science and technology relating to forest, tree seedlings, genetic material and other forest resources; participation of group studies and human resource training; collaboration in research and production and joint surveys; trading in timber and other forestry products; and the training of technicians and other experts in forestry-related disciplines.
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