A Professor and ten (10) Students from the New York University / the New School are in Guyana to examine sustainable forest management, Amerindian human rights and to explore the possibility of whether eco-tourism is a vehicle for manifestation of enforced land title, indigenous autonomy over sustainable resource use and management.
As such, the Guiana Shield Facility (GSF) hosted a guest lecture and interactive session on Monday, August 4, 2014 in the large conference room of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) office where the GSF Secretariat is located.
The students were welcomed by Ms. Chisa Mikami, UNDP Resident Representative (a.i) who enlightened the group on some of the projects being implemented by the UNDP that fit closely with their research mission. She directed them to the UNDP website for additional information and wished them success in their research.
The very informative presentation on the GSF and its work was presented by Dr. Patrick Chesney, GSF Chief Technical Advisor. In the very concise presentation, he explained the role of the GSF in forest conservation and how the role of indigenous stewardship in the process is important.
Dr. Chesney pointed to existing projects in countries of the Guiana Shield particularly those in Guyana with the North Rupununi District Development Board (NRDDB) since they are working with indigenous communities promoting conservation for sustainable development. The GSF is supporting the NRDDB project “Community Concepts & Communications for Understanding REDD+ & MRV”.
As part of the visit the students were introduced to the GSF Youth initiative online platform and a guided tour of the Guiana Shield Knowledge Centre.
The professor and students requested GSF continued support and collaboration during the period of their research. They echoed sentiments of gratitude and wished for stronger collaboration between the GSF and the University.