Guyana State of the Environment Report 2016 presents a critical analysis of the current specific condition of the country's environment; the pressures and drivers; the management interventions initiatives and systems in place to address environmental concerns, and their impacts. The report captures and provides an overview of the current policies, institutional capacities and environmental cooperation experience with clear recommendations for the integration of the environment in the economic and other sectors.
The report provides important tools for providing up-to-date and accurate information for decision-making and monitoring, as well as reports on progress made towards achieving sustainable development. The key points made in the report which are worth emphasizing are:
- Implementation of a multi-faceted environmental governance approach to increase participation of impacted stakeholders and to increase stability in the institutional frameworks;
- Formalizing the system to strategically integrate biodiversity conservation and management into sectoral and cross-sectoral plans, programmes and policies;
- Establishment of an overarching operational and administrative organization such as the National Water Agency, with responsibility for all water management matters;
- Finalize and operationalize the Draft Waste Management Strategy and implement regional waste management plans;
- Continue and deepen ongoing efforts to better coordinate the exploitation and use efficiency of natural resources.