Entertainment climax for CWC here
Guyana Chronicle
March 23, 2007

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THE whole of Guyana is being mobilised to provide an “entertainment climax” during the Super Eight matches of the Cricket World Cup (CWC) tournament to be played here March 28 to April 9, Cabinet Secretary Dr. Roger Luncheon said yesterday.

He also told his weekly post-Cabinet news briefing at the Office of the President in Georgetown that security concerns remain an area of focus and the plans to mobilise state, private sector, regional and international support have been worked out to satisfaction.

Extra security measures were due to go into force from yesterday, the Guyana Chronicle understands.

Visitors are flying in for the matches with the flow expected to increase this weekend.

Luncheon said entertainment activities have been planned for every day and night during the period and are to be held not only in Georgetown but in all the regions of Guyana.

“The government continues its efforts to beautify Guyana, focusing on working with state agencies and stakeholders to present the best face of Guyana to our visitors and inculcate environmental health for all times among Guyanese,” he said.

He said a few areas warrant decisive interventions and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plans to move to prosecute persistent wrongdoers.

He also reported that Prime Minister Samuel Hinds, heading a special committee overlooking CWC preparations, expressed confidence at Cabinet this week that Guyana will be ready to host the Super Eight matches.

German agency to help set up Guyana Protected Areas System
THE government’s resolve to establish a Protected Areas System in Guyana was heightened following a recent mission to Guyana from KfW, the German state agency which would be working with the administration and stakeholders here on an ideal and comprehensive approach to establishing the system.

This was reported yesterday by Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Dr. Roger Luncheon, who said the important milestones of the project are “delimitation, management and financing, all of which call for legislative, regulatory and administrative frameworks”.

He said that during the German mission, Conservation International, the lead agency in the already identified Kanuku Mountains, received the government’s support for its delimitation exercise of a Protected Area in the Kanuku.

He said similar attention is planned for Shell Beach and the Kaieteur National Park.

However, Luncheon said the bigger picture will see finalisation of the framework of laws, procedures and practices that would pronounce on all aspects of the establishment of a Protected Areas System in Guyana.

IUCN, the world conservation union defines protected areas as: “areas of land and/or sea especially dedicated to the protection and maintenance of biological diversity, and of natural and associated cultural resources, and managed through legal or other effective means."