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1 Government Institutions GOPA E & A At the national level, the Guyana Environmental Protection Agency (GEPA) and the Ministries of Health, Agriculture, and Fisheries, Crops and Livestock and the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) and the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) share the main environmental responsibilities. The GEPA responsibilities were identified earlier. It is important to note however, that this entity is also Guyana’s focal point for the elaboration and implementation of the United Nations Biodiversity Convention.
As such, licensees must put forward work proposals and show technical competence when applying for a mining license. No mining license can be issued unless the GGMC is satisfied that the proposals of the application would ensure the cost efficient and optimal use of the mineral resources concerned. Mining licenses may be granted subject to conditions that include the process used to mine minerals. Further, a performance bond for adherence to these conditions can be required. Also, licensees may only dispose of, stack or dump any mineral or waste product resulting from mining in a manner approved by the GGMC.
Currently, govern- Guyana: Transport Sector Study 46 Final Report: Working Paper 11 GOPA E & A ment is pursuing plans to bridge the Berbice River, which is expected to act as a boon for the communities east and west of the river. Most of the interior transportation is via waterways, rapids or on foot. Canoe is the preference of boat transportation for the hinterland dwellers, influenced mainly by cost and physical logistical considerations. However, increased mining activity in these waterways are contaminating the water, which is often used for drinking purposes, as well as making water transportation more treacherous.