Every year, on 22 May, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) celebrates International Day for Biological Diversity (IBD).

The 2019 theme is “Our Biodiversity, Our Food, Our Health”. This year’s IBD provides a unique opportunity to examine the relationship between biodiversity, its underpinning of food security and human health and well-being.

The Sustainable Development Programme (SDP) of the CARICOM Secretariat held a celebratory panel discussion around this theme on Tuesday 21 May 2019 at the CARICOM Secretariat. The panelists were Dr. Patrick Chesney, Project Coordinator, ACP MEAs Project, CARICOM Secretariat; Ms. Abigail Caleb, Nutritionist, Food Policy Division- Ministry of Public Health, Guyana; and Mr. Shaun Baugh, Programme Manager, Agricultural and Agro-Industrial Development, CARICOM Secretariat.IBD 2019

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The objective of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services is to provide Governments, the private sector, and civil society with scientifically credible and independent up-to-date assessments of available knowledge to make informed decisions at the local, regional and international levels.

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The Government of Guyana is the new institutional host of the Guiana Shield Facility and the Guiana Shield Fund.

This announcement was made today by State Minister, Joseph Harmon, who said that the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) local office held responsibility for the Guiana Shield Facility and Fund up to December 31, 2017.

Read more: Guyana new institutional host of Guiana Shield Facility and Fund

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The Guyanese President made the call at a time when countries across the world are being devastated by natural disasters. In Dominica, Hurricane Maria left more than nine persons dead and significant damage to the country’s infrastructure, while in Mexico, over 200 people were killed after a magnitude 7.1 earth quake struck the North American country.
President Granger, in his address during the General Debate of the 72nd Regular Session of the UN General Assembly, said the Guiana Shield is critical to the mitigation of the greenhouse effect.

Read more: Guyana calls on UN to protect the Guiana Shield.

Acting Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge (centre), Minister of Indigenous Peoples Affairs, Sydney Allicock (second right) Minister within the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples Affairs, Valerie Garrido- Lowe (right) and British High Commissioner to Guyana, His Excellency, Greg Quinn flanked by representatives of other partners of the Darwin Initiative; Integrating Traditional Knowledge into National Policy and Practice project.Acting Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge (centre), Minister of Indigenous Peoples Affairs, Sydney Allicock (second right) Minister within the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples Affairs, Valerie Garrido- Lowe (right) and British High Commissioner to Guyana, His Excellency, Greg Quinn flanked by representatives of other partners of the Darwin Initiative; Integrating Traditional Knowledge into National Policy and Practice project.The Darwin Initiative; Integrating Traditional Knowledge into National Policy and Practice project in Guyana was officially launched Monday at the British High Commissioner residence in Bel Air.

Minister of Indigenous Peoples Affairs, Sydney Allicock in his remarks said this project will see traditional knowledge being incorporated into biodiversity policy for poverty reduction and a lot of work will be done in the five protected areas of the Kaieteur National Park, Iwokarama International Centre for Rainforest Conservation and Development, Konashen District Community Owned Conservation Area, Shell Beach and the Kanuku Mountains.

Read more: Integrating Traditional Knowledge Project officially launched

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