CARICOM ACP-MEAs-supported International Congress on Biodiversity underway in Guyana

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The fourth International Congress on Biodiversity of the Guiana Shield,  which has received funding from the Caribbean Community CARICOM through the ACP-MEAs project, got underway in Georgetown, Guyana, on Monday.  

The event is being held under the theme ‘Leveraging our High Endemicity, Cultural Diversity and intact Ecosystems for inclusive Growth and Secure Futures’.

Two of the countries of the Guiana Shield, Guyana and Suriname, are members of CARICOM which is committed to supporting the conservation of biological diversity and sustainable use of the valuable natural resources of Member States.

His Excellency David Granger gave an address at the opening of the Congress at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre.

The CARICOM Secretariat is the Caribbean Hub of the Programme for Capacity-Building Related to Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) in African, Caribbean and Pacific Countries, known as the ACP-MEAs Programme. The programme is funded by the European Commission through the Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States. The United Nations Environment Programme is the overall global programme coordinator and facilitator, and the project is being implemented in the Caribbean through the CARICOM Secretariat’s Sustainable Development and Environment Programme. The first phase of the ACP-MEAs programme ran from 2009-2014, and the current phase is scheduled to run until 2017.