Georgetown, Guyana – (March 18, 2016) Dr. Patrick Williams, Dr. Raquel Thomas-Caesar, Ms. Yolanda Ward, members of the Guyana Society for Biodiversity and Ecosystems (GSBE), today, paid a courtesy call on President David Granger, at the Ministry of the Presidency.

During the meeting, the group solicited the President’s support for their upcoming International Congress on Biodiversity of the Guyana Shield, to be held in Guyana from August 8-12, 2016. It will be held under the theme, “Leveraging our high endemicity, cultural diversity and intact ecosystems for inclusive growth and secure feature”.
Dr. Williams, in an invited comment, said, “We came to request some help from the Office of the President in terms of a Congress we will be having this year. We wanted the President to assist us in bringing off some of the events. We would like him to give the opening address and host the opening cocktail reception and he has agreed. We are very pleased with the outcome of the meeting,” he said.

President Granger committed his support, noting that he believes it is important that Guyana be placed on the map as a ‘green’ nation. He noted that the idea of conservation and sustainable development must be presented to the Guyanese population so that they can understand, appreciate and protect the environment in which they live.

From left: Ms. Yolanda Yard, Dr. Raquel Thomas-Caesar, President David Granger and Dr. Patrick Williams at the Ministry of the Presidency.

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