The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will soon have offices countrywide. This was disclosed by its Executive Director, Dr Vincent Adams. He made the announcement at the close of the EPA workshops that targeted Community Forest Operators (CFOs).Executive Director of EPA, Dr Vincent Adams and Minister of State, Dawn Hastings-Williams surrounded by senior officers of the EPA, EU, GFC and the FAOAccording to the Department of Public Information, the workshops were aimed at enlightening CFOs on the need to have an Environmental Authorisation before any forest activity. This was done in collaboration with the European Union/ Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (EU/FLEGT) and Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).During the exercise, 12 workshops were held in eight regions, except Regions 5 and 8, as these do not have any registered CFOs. 319 participants represented 48 of 69 registered CFOs.While the workshops were deemed a success, Dr Adams said that many persons are limited from applying for an Environmental Authorisation owing to Guyana’s geographic set-up. To address the issue, he said that the EPA is taking a two-pronged approach to access to the EPA.“The Agency will approach EU and the FAO for the second phase of this project to allow the Agency to meet operators and provide similar services offered at the central office in Georgetown for them to become authorised. So, instead of operators coming to the Agency, the Agency will go to them… For the longer and sustainable term, the Agency will continue to aggressively pursue its goal of establishing an office presence in every region of the country by the end of 2020,” he is quoted by DPI as saying.Dr Adams added that as a result of the workshops, “the Agency received applications for an environmental permit from five CFOs. A clear indication that this project has resulted in CFOs now willing to apply for Environmental Authorisation after their capacities were built through this training”.Minister of State, Dawn Hastings-Williams said that Guyana has recognised that its forests must be protected and effectively managed. This, she noted, can only be achieved if everyone is in compliance with the Environment Authorisation.According to the Minister, economic diversification is critical. She challenged the forest operators to be innovative and creative.
Buncrana GAA urgently seeks your votes to help it win Better Together, a national online video competition.The club is hoping that the local community will rally behind it and give it the votes it needs to win the €1,000 top prize.Better Together is a nationwide campaign which aims to build support for hundreds of charities, community groups, clubs and associations across the country by encouraging the public to support these good causes and make a difference in their communities. “Anyone can vote for us no matter where they are in the world,” said club Chairman Paul McGonigle.“The video gives a short snapshot of the wider role the club plays in the local community, what it does make this place a better place for all of us to live in. I’d say a lot of people will be surprised at the range of things we’re involved in.”The club is the only entry from Inishowen and is hoping for votes from all over the peninsula and further afield too.“We’d really like people to use social media like Facebook and Twitter to get the message out there, to tell their friends and contacts about it and get online to vote. Hitting the ‘Like’ button on Facebook isn’t enough, people have to click the ‘Vote’ icon on the competition website,” said Paul. The video was made for the club by local companies Crana Communications and The Memory Factory.Harry Kerr of The Memory Factory said he was delighted to be involved and that it was his way of contributing something to the club.“It was a great experience for us to do this. We’re looking at developing this side of our business, promotional videos and corporate work, so it was a good exercise in that sense too.”Voting closes on November 22nd so time is running out fast. The club really appreciates your support and knows you won’t let it down!Here is the link to the club’s competition page: http://www.bettertogether.ie/video/buncrana-gaa-more-club-more-community BUNCRANA GAA CLUB WANTS YOUR VOTE TO ‘MAKE IT BETTER TOGETHER’ was last modified: November 10th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Buncrana GAA Club