President David Granger on Thursday met with a technical team from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to discuss the management of Guyana’s biodiversity wealth within the Government’s ‘green’ agenda, in addition to establishing a new department of environment.The meeting which was held at the Ministry of the Presidency was led by new UNDP Resident Representative, Mikiko Tanaka and included UNDP’s Policy Specialist, Finance, Massimiliano Riva and Regional Technical Advisor of the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD) Programme, Marco Chiu.President David Granger conversing with UNDP Resident Representative Mikiko TanakaThe meeting was in response to a request made by the President to the UNDP for the provision of technical assistance for the creation of a holistic strategy that encompasses the country’s forests, wildlife and other natural resources as the Government moves to further its green agenda.“The low carbon development strategy in my view is too narrow. We need to go back to the drawing board to develop something that takes into account coastal zone management, wildlife protection, our biodiversity,” President Granger said.Additionally, the team over the course of the next few days, will be discussing with a Guyanese delegation, the establishment of a department of environment. President Granger explained that there is need to separate biodiversity protection and management from the extractive industries, both of which currently fall under the purview of the Natural Resources Ministry.
IRWINDALE – As a fog descended onto the row of wooden huts, a kilted Scotsman watched a glassblower demonstrate his skills to a crowd of awed peasants, while a couple in Elizabethan garb cheered and clanged their ale-filled pewter mugs merrily. No, this is not a scene from a Shakespearean play. It happened Saturday, at the 45th annual Renaissance Pleasure Faire at the Santa Fe Dam Recreational Area.The event, which loosely recreates a 16th-century English country fair, was founded in 1963 in Agoura and has grown into a popular local attraction, drawing an estimated 25,000 people every weekend.The fair is being held through May 20 and features more than 1,000 costumed performers, dozens of booths selling traditional British fare – such as Shepherd’s Pye and fish and chips, jewelry, swords and other wares – and demonstrations of skills, from jousting to papermaking. “It’s just about as fun as video games, and maybe a little bit more fun,” said Medina, of La Puente.At one point in the day, a royal procession paraded, bellowing “God Save the Queen!” and carrying Queen Elizabeth I – also known as actress Gay Linn Kirkpatrick.An odd sight in Southern California, but just another day at the [email protected](626) 962-8811, Ext. 2306 “This is unlike any other modern entertainment experience,” said kilt-clad Kevin Kerr, 32, of Monrovia, who volunteers at the fair. “I don’t believe Disney, Universal Studios can compare, as far as the educational aspect. Children can learn real skills here.”Armando Sosa, the glassblower, has been creating glass art pieces in a studio for years. But he said he likes working before a crowd.“I’m giving back, sharing what I’ve learned, because not too many people know about glassblowing,” said Sosa, 31, of Orange, who learned the art at Cal State San Bernardino. “Machines can do it now, but you get a more personal feel from each piece \, each piece is unique.”And while Sosa and his partner, Mark Lindey, 49, use a propane-fired furnace for their craft, all the other techniques and tools they use are the same as those used by glass artisans for millennia.Valores Medina, 12, who was dressed in 21st-century clothing, enjoyed trying his hand at stone- and axe-throwing.