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Guyana received more forestry funds than any other country, says president
Published on April 20, 2011 Email To Friend    Print Version

by Caribbean News Now Staff

GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- President Bharrat Jagdeo says Guyana has received the most money of any country, on a per capita basis, as payment for services provided by forests, with the Norway MOU coming to fruition in the form of "money in the bank".

"The most in the world of any other country. Brazil is the other country and they got a few hundred million for a large number of people. We got US$70 million for less than one million people," the president said.

President Bharrat Jagdeo
The Guyana Chronicle reported that he was speaking at the launching of a Ministry of Agriculture and Guyana Forestry Commission-hosted seminar on forests and their role.

Those in attendance included many loggers and persons working in the forestry sector. Many of indigenous descent were also present at the event.

Delivering the feature address, Jagdeo urged those in the forestry sector and all stakeholders not to allow the United Nations-declared 2011 International Year of the Forests to become another year of sloganeering but to learn of the importance of forests and their role in the fight against climate change.

"We must not just sloganeer about these issues in a superficial way. At the end of the year we must emerge with a greater consciousness of the issue at hand and commitment to doing something about it,” the president said.
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