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Draft Green State Development Strategy could be approved soon

first_imgGovernment’s Green State Development Strategy (GSDS) draft framework could be approved in a matter of months.This will pave the way for a final policy document that will guide the country’s plans for the environment, its eco-system, and how this will tie into the social and economic development here.Environmental Consultant to Government, Andrew Bishop, made this disclosure at a workshop held by the Environment Department on Monday at Parc Renaye. The focus there was primarily on the RIO Mainstreaming Project, which is aimed at sensitizing media operatives on the Rio conventions.Participants of the Department of Environment (DOE) and the United Nations Development Programme/Global Environmental Facility (UNDP/GEF) workshop for media workersBishop told workshop participants that the framework of the GSDS includes key provisions in the energy and forestry sectors that would control emissions. He said, too, that the Climate Resiliency and Strategy Action Plan is still being reviewed, to ensure it is aligned with national plans.The former Commissioner of the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission (GL&SC) also told media practitioners that Guyana’s reporting obligations to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNCCC) in the forestry sector, inventory of greenhouse gases, is ongoing.Bishop said the ultimate goal is to mainstream the conventions with national processes, starting with a National Forest Plan, since it cross-cuts all the conventions.Stakeholder Management Coordinator of the Department of Environment, Aretha Forde, in her remarks, stressed the importance of the GSDS to the national development trajectory.“It (GSDS) is intended to help Guyana achieve a green economy. So the green economy is the destination and the GSDS is how we will get there,” she told media professionals.It was noted that there are public misconceptions about the strategy. However, it was also noted that Guyana currently has a GSDS framework document. Regional consultations will help to guide the formulation of a sound policy, but not without the input of citizens and other stakeholders.Patsy Ross, a Multilateral Environmental Agreements Specialist with over 20 years’ experience, was one of the presenters at the workshop. She spoke about issues relating to the UNCBD.She said lands are being degraded globally, and the estimated economic cost is now billions of dollars each year. Based on this, it is estimated that there will be a demand for energy, food, water and other things by 2030.“What is so important about the land? Land degradation affects fibre, fuel, nutrients cycling, carbon sync, regulating climate services, recreation, and eco-tourism among others,” Ross told the workshop.The environmental specialist said deforestation in mining and agriculture are drivers of land degradation in Guyana; therefore, there is a need for these plans to align to livelihoods and sustainable development.“There is also a reporting requirement on what has been done to address land degradation,” she added. Guyana is reportedly one of the first countries to volunteer to establish a programme to address this issue.The GSDS comprises seven thematic areas, such as: sustainable management of the environment, renewable energy, resilient infrastructure, human health and well-being and governance.The three conventions are: the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), ratified August 29, 1994, the focal point agency of which is the Office of Climate Change (OCC); the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (UNCBD), ratified on the same date, the focal point agency of which is the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); and the United Nations Conventions to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), which was ratified on June 26, 1997, the focal point agency of which is the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission (GLSC).As a means of getting the local press corps to cover more environmental issues, the workshop was hosted on Monday by the Department of Environment (DoE) in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme/Global Environmental Facility (UNDP/GEF).The aim of the workshop was to improve public awareness on issues relating to the environment, especially in the area of climate change, land degradation, and water preservation, among others. It also focused on increasing awareness and understanding of the Rio Conventions on climate change.The workshop formed part of an implementing project titled, “Strengthening technical capacities to mainstream and monitor Rio Convention implementation through policy coordination.”last_img read more

Health Net completes comeback

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “We know that entering 2005, there were many questions about Health Net,” said the company president and chief executive officer, Jay Gellert. “Now, as we look back at 2005, it’s very gratifying to say we believe we answered the questions, erased doubt and positioned the company for future success.” The company offered guidance on that success Wednesday, saying it expects full-year earnings of $2.90 to $3.10, with 10 cents to 12 cents in charges for expensing stock options. While total enrollment slipped 1.3 percent in the fourth quarter and 6.1 percent for the year, and it is expected to continue to slide moderately in the first quarter of 2006, Gellert predicted that the trend would reverse in the latter half of next year. The investment community hardly rallied around the news, with shares trading down $1.04 to close at $48.33 after release of the news. Still, Citigroup analyst Charles Boorady saw some potential in the stock as he evaluated its various operating groups in a note to investors. “While Health Net has been the lowest-rated stock by the Street in our covered universe for more than a year,” he wrote, “we continue to see great value in the California, Medicare and Tricare franchises and believe management will continue on the current path toward better hospital relations, price-driven commercial expansion and strong organic growth in Medicare Advantage.” WOODLAND HILLS – Health Net Inc. rounded out its turnaround year on a positive note Thursday, reporting that its fourth-quarter results reversed a year-ago loss. For the final three months of 2005, the managed-care company earned $76.7 million, 65 cents per share, on sales of $2.95 billion. A year ago, swamped with charges for settlements with medical providers, Health Net lost $85.6 million, 77 cents per share, off revenue of $2.88 billion. For the full year, revenue hit $11.9 billion, up from $11.65 billion in 2004. Net income rose to $229.8 million, $1.99 per share, up from $42.6 million, or 38 cents per share, the prior year. The current results beat Thomson/First Call analysts’ expectations of 64 cents per share, though revenue came in slightly under the predicted $3.04 billion. Brent Hopkins, (818) 713-3738 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgCampaigners against the Property Tax have voiced anger and disappointment at their treatment by stewards on the ICTU anti-debt protest in Sligo on Saturday and have called on the organisers to apologise for their behaviour.Several hundred Sligo CAHWT (Campaign Against Household & Water Tax) protesters were joined by a large contingent from Can’t Pay Won’t Pay in Donegal and Leitrim on the ‘Lift the Burden – Jobs not Debt’ demonstration but were prevented from joining the main body of the march by stewards.Can’t Pay Won’t Pay spokesperson Francis McCafferty said “We supported the demonstration as we believe that the debt burden is the reason we are having Property Tax foisted on us. “We welcomed the fact that the trade union leadership were finally doing something to challenge this rip off and were delighted at the huge turnout. After all many trade union members were among the 700,000 who boycotted the Household Charge, but unfortunately they have been let down by the ICTU leaders who have refused to oppose the Property Tax because of their cosy relationship with the Labour Party. We carried placards reading ‘ICTU : Support the people not the Labour Party’ to highlight this.“As the demonstration got under way we were blocked by three lines of stewards who physically prevented us from joining the main body of the march. We were only allowed to move after the march had left. Most of those in our group were ordinary members of the public, including families and senior citizens. Some had travelled considerable distances from west Donegal. They were left angry and disappointed by their treatment.“Richard Carruthers of the IMPACT Trade Union had appealed to commmunity and campaign groups to support this march. We responded to this call and organised a free bus with many more travelling by car. Having responded in such numbers, it was offensive and disrespectful to prevent us from joining the main body of the march. We think those who were mistreated in this way deserve an apology from the organisers.“We will continue our fight against the Property Tax and we call on trade union members to press their unions to join those who are campaigning against unfair taxes rather than try to shut us out.” No-one from ICTU was available for comment. DONEGAL ‘CAN’T PAY’ CAMPAIGNERS CLAIM UNION BANNED THEM FROM MAIN SLIGO MARCH was last modified: February 11th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL ‘CAN’T PAY’ CAMPAIGNERS CLAIM UNION BANNED THEM FROM MAIN SLIGO MARCHlast_img read more

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