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January 12, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgHead of the Department of the Environment (DoE), Ndibi Schwiers on Monday at her Department’s annual sector review, announced that a US$2.4 million “Strengthening Technical Capacities to mainstream and monitor the RIO Convention through policy coordination” project 2016-2020, is being undertaken in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).To this end, several workshops and awareness sessions have been successfully conducted resulting in the participation of more than 400 persons from Government agencies and the Private Sector.Minister of State, Joseph HarmonThe GSDS will be the country’s third national development strategy and is intended to guide national development in all sectors. The DoE, Schwiers noted, is working with UN Environment, which is Guyana’s partner in developing the strategy.Providing an update on the progress of the GSDS’ development, the Department Head noted that several rounds of consultations have been hosted across the country, and the Department has been successful in starting what have been dubbed “green conversations”, which are intended to fill the awareness gap.The Coordination Desk of the DoE is working along with the Communities and Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Ministries to create a consultation plan. The next steps, according to Schwiers, will be research and drafting of the document.To do this, the Department has developed seven thematic groups which coincide with the seven thematic areas of the GSDS. The University of Guyana is also playing an instrumental role in this process as its representatives are tasked with identifying seven thematic experts, who will assist the thematic groups in drafting various thematic elements of the GSDS.Head of the Department of the Environment, Ndibi SchwiersSchwiers informed that a meeting of the Advisory Group of the GSDS, which consists of the Chairs and Co-chairs of the seven thematic areas, is scheduled for January 25, 2018, to facilitate further discussions.The DoE will also be focusing this year on an in-depth programme review of the Environment Protection Agency (EPA), harmonising environmental management countrywide and development of its strategic plan.The job of the Department, Schwiers assured, is not to usurp the functions of the four agencies under its purview, which are the National Parks Commission, the Protected Areas Commission, the EPA and the Guyana Wildlife Conservation and Management Commission, but to support them.In this vein, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon urged Heads of the respective agencies to focus on their objectives for 2018 and how they could adequately execute them placing greater emphasis on inter-agency support and collaboration.They were urged to examine those “factors that impact on the work we have to do as a sector… I believe we are more in the regulatory framework than any other department because whatever happens in the environment if something goes wrong, we are the ones that people will look to,” the Minister is quoted as saying.Responding to the challenges faced by the various agencies, Minister Harmon assured that in those areas that require it, an immediate intervention would be made.Minister Harmon urged them to bring matters to his attention as they arise to ensure timely resolution which would allow for the efficient functioning of all the entities.last_img read more

December 28, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A higher percentage of people die prematurely from heart disease and stroke in the South Los Angeles area and in some communities in the northern and eastern parts of Los Angeles County than in more affluent areas, according to a report released Monday. The report by the county Department of Health Services found the high rates of premature deaths are tied to the levels of economic hardship in those areas. “We found that communities that have problems of overcrowding, poor housing stock, poverty, high levels of unemployment, poor educational attainment, high levels of dependency on government programs and low incomes are the communities where we have the highest rates of premature death from heart disease and stroke,” county Health Officer Dr. Jonathan E. Fielding said. The first-ever report documenting the burden of heart disease and stroke found the differences in individual communities likely reflect behaviors like smoking and physical inactivity, as well as socioeconomic disparities in access to health care and differences in work and living environments. Of 133 cities and communities studied, the 33 with the highest rates of premature deaths included Lancaster, Lake Los Angeles, Long Beach, Norwalk, Pomona and South El Monte. The cities with the 10 lowest rates of premature deaths included Beverly Hills, Calabasas, Hermosa Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, San Marino, Sierra Madre, Westlake Village and La Ca?ada Flintridge, which had the fourth lowest rate of premature deaths. “Well, I think it’s great,” La Ca?ada Flintridge Mayor Anthony Portantino said. “Obviously, heart disease and cardiovascular issues are a significant problem in America. My father died of a heart attack at age 48. It’s something I think about as I turn 45. I’m glad to see in this community that people are walking, exercising and eating right.” In recognition of February as American Health Month, Portantino said the city declared it “Wear Red Month” to help bring awareness to cardiovascular diseases. The report found that chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes have become the leading causes of death in the county, accounting for 80 percent of deaths and $48 billion in health care costs in 2002. Heart disease and stroke were the leading causes of premature death and disability, accounting for 40 percent of deaths. “Cities and counties can play a vital role in improving the health of their populations,” Fielding said. “Policies and programs that increase physical activity, improve nutrition, discourage smoking, and increase access to health care can have the potential to greatly reduce the burden of heart disease and stroke, as well as diabetes and other chronic diseases.” The report gave recommendations for cities and residents to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. For example, cities can promote physical activity by creating more walkable communities and establishing joint-use agreements with school districts to more fully utilize school land and facilities for community recreational programs. Communities can organize walking clubs. Cities can reduce the rates of smoking among youth by establishing retail tobacco licensing and using the fees to support enforcement of laws prohibiting tobacco sales to minors. [email protected] (213) 974-8985last_img read more