Guyana: Gov pushing a brand new and very modern forest sustainability bill

Minister of Agriculture, Robert Persaud, said that he is optimistic
that the draft Forestry Bill will be approved by Parliament very early
this year. The Minister was at the time addressing a gathering at the
Guyana Forestry Commission during the presentation of Timber Graders’
Certificates to 18 persons from Essequibo, Berbice and Demerara.
During his address, Minister Persaud said that the Forest Bill is a
‘very modern piece’ of legislation, adding that it is one that has
benefited from over ten years of stakeholder inputs. When the law
comes into effect, it will require the updating of several guiding
documents for the sector such as the National Forest Policy, National
Forest Plan, and GFC Guidelines for Sustainable Forest Management.

The GFC will also be required to work with all stakeholders to
finalise a Strategic Plan for the Forestry Sector. This year the GFC
focus will continue to be on ensuring that sustainable forest
management practices are adhered to by all concessionaires, Persaud
added. Addressing the focus that will be placed on promoting the
lesser used species, Persaud said that there was a project last year,
supported by International Tropical Timber Organisation (ITTO) aimed
at promoting the lesser used species that entails physical and
mechanical tests being done by internationally credible laboratories
on fifteen strategically chosen species.
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