President David Granger says that Guyana looks forward to learning from Germany’s considerable experience in energy transition as it pursues the goal of full renewable energy use by 2025.The Head of State was at the time speaking at the Accreditation Ceremony for the new Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Guyana, Holger Wilfried Michael which was held at State House yesterday, according to a media release from the Ministry of the Presidency (MoP). He observed that both countries are deeply concerned about the threats posed to humanity by climate change, environmental degradation and the increasing loss of the world’s biodiversity, while also noting Guyana’s plans to establish world-class biodiversity centre given its enviable location in the heart of the Guiana Shield.“The ‘green state’ will place emphasis on the protection of our environment, the preservation of our biodiversity, the promotion of the energy from renewable sources and the adoption of practical measures to ensure climate adaptation. The signing of the Agreement on Financial Cooperation on Tropical Rainforest Protection between Guyana and Germany in April 2010 has led to increased support for Guyana’s Protected Areas System,” President Granger was quoted as saying in the MoP statement.Ambassador Michael said that Germany wholeheartedly supports President Granger’s statement at this year’s United Nations General Assembly where he spoke of a sustainable planet as being humanity’s ultimate patrimony, according to the MoP media release.“Germany offers its hand of continued partnership with the Cooperative Republic of Guyana to overcome the consequences of climate change, which pose a significant threat to Small Island Developing States as well as low-lying coastal areas. We look forward to jointly explore ways to accompany Guyana’s green development strategy,” Ambassador Michael was quoted in the MoP release, as saying.Prior to the ceremony, the Ambassador held a meeting with the Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, during which they spoke in depth of Guyana’s Green Development Strategy, which includes widening its acreage of protected areas while exploring the sustainable development of its oil and gas sector, the MoP statement said.Guyana and the Federal Republic of Germany established formal diplomatic relations in September, 1966.
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