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INSTITUTIONAL ASPECTS OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN GUYANA


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This information was provided by the Government of Guyana to the fifth session of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development. Last Update: April 1997.

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MAJOR GROUPS

WOMEN

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CHILDREN AND YOUTH

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INDIGENOUS PEOPLE

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NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS

Decision-Making: Coordinating Bodies   

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Decision-Making: Legislation and Regulations 

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Decision-Making: Strategies, Policies and Plans  

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Decision-Making: Major Groups Involvement  

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Programmes and Projects

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Status 

Both the public non-governmental and the private sector can be said to be in their embryonic state in Guyana. The recent resurgence and increase in NGO activities in Guyana has been encouraged mainly by the economic policy reforms adumbrated by the government. However, government has recognized that there is a need to incorporate these groups to within the natural resources management and environmental conservation framework. Additionally, it aims to cater for the provision of"extension services" to the NGO sector, as well as their systematic involvement in resource management issues. This is understandable, as the informal, under-institutionalized and highly variable character of many local rural communities make their involvement particularly desirable. However, it is important that the parameters be established for NGO involvement. To bring these plans to fruition the government is in the process of establishing policies that give NGOs a clearly defined legal status, to facilitate the formation of a national umbrella organization in the various areas of NGOs involvement and to encourage NGOs to participate at all stages of the development process.

At the moment most of the natural resource development activities are situated in the interior where Amerindians live. Amerindians, NGOs, captains and others have participated in the process of national decision making and also in the implementation of economic development projects that may impact on their environment.

Challenges

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Capacity-building, Education, Training and Awareness-raising  

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Information

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Research and Technologies

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Financing

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Cooperation

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This information was provided by the Government of Guyana to the fifth session of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development. Last Update: April 1997.

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LOCAL AUTHORITIES

Decision-Making: Coordinating Bodies   

It should be noted that many of the environmental problems and their solutions have their roots in local activities and the participation of the local inhabitants. The cooperation of local government therefore becomes crucial in the entire process.

The principal objectives of the establishment of local government in Guyana are to decentralize the decision and implementation process and to create a framework within which communities can participate in the planning and execution of development projects and programmes in their areas.

The Local Democratic Act (1980) of Guyana has allowed for the country to be divided into ten regions and for these regions to be further divided into subregions, districts, communities and neighbourhoods respectively.

To date, the local government ministry has been able to establish links with the CROYDEN BOROUGH in London, which is a network of local authorities in developing countries. It is envisaged that through such an established link, there shall be opportunities for technical cooperation that could facilitate an exchange of ideas, provision of equipment, training and financial resources, among other things.

At the local level, there has been some amount of capacity building in the area of environmental education and training. Specifically, modules on the root causes of environmental degradation and actions necessary to address the emerging concerns have been prepared for neighbourhood democratic council members. In addition, there have been on going training programmes on good governance.

In the specific natural resource sectors, a direct effort is made to involve women, youth and citizens in general to be involved in environmental management activities.

Decision-Making: Legislation and Regulations 

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Decision-Making: Strategies, Policies and Plans  

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Decision-Making: Major Groups Involvement  

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Programmes and Projects

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Status 

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Challenges

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Capacity-building, Education, Training and Awareness-raising  

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Information

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Research and Technologies 

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Financing

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Cooperation

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This information was provided by the Government of Guyana to the fifth session of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development. Last Update: April 1997.

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WORKERS AND UNIONS

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BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY

Decision-Making: Coordinating Bodies   

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Decision-Making: Legislation and Regulations 

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Decision-Making: Strategies, Policies and Plans  

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Decision-Making: Major Groups Involvement  

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Programmes and Projects 

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Status 

Some private sector organizations have taken the initiative and have incorporated the sustainable development concepts with environmental management systems. Currently, two (2) expatriate companies operating in the area of natural resources have developed management plans to ensure sustainable exploitation of Guyana's natural resources. This has helped them to maintain environmental standards and compliance with the relevant Environmental Protection laws.

Additionally, through technical assistance from the Guyana National Bureau of Standards, a number of private sector organizations have been encouraging their membership to move in the direction of implementing the principles contained within the ISO-9000 document. The ISO-14000 principles are also currently being perused with the aim of possible adoption in their near future.

Challenges

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Capacity-building, Education, Training and Awareness-raising  

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Information

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Research and Technologies  

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Financing

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Cooperation

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This information was provided by the Government of to the fifth session of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development. Last Update: April 1997.

SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNOLOGICAL COMMUNITY

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FARMERS

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SCIENCE

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INFORMATION

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INTERNATIONAL LAW

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