GCCI applauds Jagdeo on receiving Champion of the Earth Award

The Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry has congratulated President Bharrat Jagdeo on being one of the recipients of the prestigious 2010 Champion of the Earth Award by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP)

The chamber said in a press release that it acknowledges President Jagdeo’s leadership locally and internationally in advocating for more environmentally conscious practices and for pioneering Guyana’s Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS), which has gained tremendous international recognition.

The release noted that the LCDS is premised on the concept of avoided deforestation which allows Guyana’s 15 million hectares of rainforest to serve as a carbon sink, a process that is critical to combating global climate change.

It must be noted, the GCCI said, that the Champions of the Earth is the United Nation’s highest awards for environmental leadership and such an achievement must be duly applauded, adding that the Champions of the Earth are also pillars of transition to a 21st century Green Eco-nomy.

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