Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment Robert Persaud (centre) with Jeffrey Barrus (right), Economic and Commercial Officer of the US Embassy (right) and Dr. Janaki Alavalapati, senior fellow with the Energy and Climate Partnership of Americas (ECPA). The U.S Embassy is hosting Dr. Janaki R.R. Alavalapati, a Senior Fellow with the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas, for an August 12 to 16, 2013, visit to Guyana. Dr. Alavalapati took part in meetings and activities relating to sustainable forestry, renewable energy, and climate change. He consulted on ways to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and enhance carbon sequestration in the land use sector, including through the conservation and sustainable management of forests. Dr. Alavalapati’s visit to Guyana supports implementation of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA).