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ECO1 is an Non-Governmental Organisation working for environmental and social sustainability in Guyana, engaging in research and development for greener technologies, promoting awareness and sustainable lifestyles for Guyanese.

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Miner allowed to continue mining in Amerindian Village

The Amerindian village of Isseneru loses out to gold miners.

In a sad turn of events, Guyanese law has allowed a gold miner to continue their mining activities within Amerindian ancestral grounds.

In 2012, when the miners began passing through the Amerindian village, the Village Head had refused to let them pass and begin the the instrusive and destructive prospective work involved.

To their credit the Guyana Gold Mines Commission had issued a Cease Work Order to the miners and the case went to court. 

However, the ruling made in January 2013 has returned the rights to the miner, saying they had the mining permit before the Amerindian Act of 2006.

Is this the beginning of the end for the Indigenous People of Guyana in their struggle to keep the integrity of their livelihoods and customs?


The Sad Business of Gold Mining

Many of those concerned for the state of the natural environment in Guyana were pleasantly surprised when the government had indicated that effective of June 1, 2012, no river claims would be processed. This effectively meant that the destructive practice of river dredging would be reduced. This, in addition to the expected ban on the use of mercury, seemed to put Guyana on the right path to some amount of environmental responsibility within the mining sector.

Closer attention to the practices of miners in the Guyanese rainforest is important as the Amazonian rainforests are steadily shrinking under the pressure of human exploitation. This, and the fact that many indigenous people still live in the forest and depend on the rivers and creeks as their only water source, should make it a priority for management.

However, due to the fact the gold is ‘too big to fail' in Guyana with soaring market prices, the miners in Guyana have managed to put enough pressure on the government to make them withdraw both protective measures. River dredging has been given the green light once more and mercury can be freely used. This comes, even as more and more people seek to earn their living as miners in a country with limited ability to manage the mad rush to dig and disembowel the earth. This is a sad combination for the Guyanese rainforest and even sadder for the indigenous people that call it home.

ECO1 Server hosting now on renewable energy

Our internet server is now running entirely on RECS certified energy resources.

Since not much else is happening at the moment, I thought it was worth a blog.

Culture and application of Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis on mosquito larvae

We have recently conducted an experimental research on growing and use of the Bti, locally in Guyana. Starting with populating the bacteria in mature coconuts, to the harvest and the use on mosquito larvae.

We documented the procedure with pictures and videos. (Find PDF Document attached to this blog entry).  We will try to publish the Video on youtube.

ECO1 will also continue research on Bti application in the field, by using larger amounts in the larvae rich environments and document its properties accordingly.

You can download the Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis Bti mosquto larvae experiment in Guyana.pdf here!

Severe flooding in July 2010

Many locations throughout Guyana are reporting severe flooding due to unusually heavy rains. Coastal villages including areas that dont normally experience much flooding such as Diamond/Grove have been inundated this year. Unusually high water levels in the Demerara River has caused flooding in villages along the East Bank and in the upper parts of the river including in Rockstone.

Heavy rains have also washed out parts of the road and bridges on the Georgetown - Lethem road, which is am important road for people living and working in the interior and travelling to Brazil.

The official rainy season is May to June, but into the second week of July the rainy season remains relentless.

Guyana closer to getting REDD cash

The news has finally been released that the Guyana REDD+ Investment Fund has been set up and the first USD 30 million,  has been given by Norway with The World Bank invited to act as the fund manager.

See link to article here: http://www.stabroeknews.com/2010/stories/07/14/forest-protection-fund-to-be-set-up-by-month-end-norway-to-deliver-first-tranche.

This development came through amid growing concern of corruption in the rapidly expanding carbon credit market.

Everyone will be waiting and watching to see how Guyana manages these funds and how efficiently and transparently they can be utilized in the Low Carbon Development Scheme that is tied to the funding scheme.

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