Press Release – NGOs Welcome Presidential Commitment to Effective Protection of Guyana’s Rivers

Release Date: March 23, 2018

The document is a press release where NGOs in Guyana welcome President David Granger’s commitment to protecting the country’s rivers, which are part of the Guiana Shield and a significant source of the world’s freshwater reserves. The release highlights the issues of river pollution from mining activities, particularly by illegal miners, and the detrimental effects on biodiversity, local communities, and the environment. It calls for a ban on all river mining and stresses the need for legal and administrative measures to rehabilitate and protect the rivers, emphasizing the role of indigenous communities in these efforts. The document concludes with a call for more joint ventures to legally and administratively safeguard the rivers, citing international examples of river protection.
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