first_imgThe Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Ministry has completed the investigations for 45 hinterland communities identified for land titling and demarcation. This was confirmed by Coordinator of the Amerindian Land Titling (ALT) project, Enrique Monize.Sixty-eight communities were initially targeted, and 23 villages were investigated in the early stages of the project.Monize also disclosed that the Ministry is now in the process of surveying these villages and completing those reports and discussing the way forward with the relevant agencies.Coordinator of the Amerindian Land Titling (ALT) project,Enrique Monize“This process is a very long one (and) we had some setbacks. We have 10 villages that are not giving consent for demarcation, and so we couldn’t move forward so we had to stop those 10 villages. This set us back a bit further because we could have already completed some of those communities,” Monize explained.“The issue with State lands is that forestry has interest in terms of giving out land concessions, Lands and Surveys gives out leases, the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) gives out mining concessions and we also have the Protected Areas Commission which has an amount of land that is legally given to that Commission to manage and so we have to take all of this into consideration.”In regions Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) and Eight (Potaro-Siparuni), where there is heavy mining, the process for land application and extension takes a longer period.Under the Guyana REDD+ Investment Fund (GRIF), the Government of Guyana in 2013, signed a US$10.7 million agreement for the implementation of the Land Titling and Demarcation project. This project is being spearheaded by the United Nations Development Programme.The ALT project seeks to enable Indigenous people to secure their lands and natural resources for sustainable social and economic development. Titling and demarcation will strengthen land tenure security and the expansion of the asset base of Amerindians, enabling improved long-term planning for future development.The Amerindian Land Titling project has been ongoing for four years.last_img read more

first_img“It’s a great place to go look for wildlife; it’s a great place to snowshoe in the winter; great place to ride your bike and walk your dog in the summer time, and it’s outside the city enough that you can see the stars if you’ve got your headlight on and you’re out doing an evening snowshoeing.”The Fish Creek Community Forest is located near Northern Lights College – 9820 120 Avenue – on the right hand side of the bypass. “The footbridges were getting a little bit old, and like homeowners do, we like to make sure we replace things before they’ve completely fallen apart,” Rogers says. “Some heavy equipment was in the park and they completely removed the old pedestrian bridges and replaced them with new sturdier ones.”Rogers explains the new surface of the footbridges is that of the metal material found on the Peace Bridge, which she explains is ideal for the removal of snow and ice, but not so much for the animals walking on it.“The snow falls through it – which is awesome – but as it’s been pointed out – not so comfortable for pets walking across the bridge,” explains Rogers. “So the city is doing some research around what they can lay down on a portion of it so that it’s a little softer on little doggy feet.”- Advertisement -There’s also a cautionary tale for those looking to be the first to experience the new trails.“[Pedestrians] may also notice – because there was a lot of heavy equipment that had to be brought in to basically drop these bridges into place – the ground around them could be a little bit uneven,” Rogers explains while reassuring the surface will be fixed by crews come spring season. “People should just be a little bit cautious as they approach the bridges in case the ground is uneven.”Rogers says there’s always something to do at Fish Creek regardless of the season.Advertisementlast_img read more