Recent FEES Environmental Studies graduates, Mr. Romario Hastings and Ms. Nkasse Evans, have been selected to present at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) 2018 at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Oklahoma this April.
Mr. Hastings will be presenting his undergraduate research project conducted at the Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences, titled:
An investigation of the ethno-meteorological knowledge of the Kapon Akawaio people of Kako and Phillipai, Upper Mazaruni.
Ms. Evans will also present her undergraduate research project, titled:
A comparative study of the use of Vetiver Grass and Spartina Grass in facilitating natural regeneration of Avicennia germinans.
Mr. Hastings and Ms. Evans graduated from the FEES in November 2017 having successfully completed the B.Sc. Environmental Studies programme. The Faculty wishes both students the very best in this exciting endeavour!
On November 30, 2017, a distinguished and knowledgeable panel of experts participated in the tenth installment of the Turkeyen and Tain Talks at the Pegasus Hotel, under the topic Climate Change – The Guyana Imperative for Prospering in a Climate-Altered World.
The panelists included Dean of the Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences at UG, Dr. Paulette Bynoe; Presidential Advisor and retired Rear Admiral of the Guyana Defence Force, Gary Best; Climate Change specialist Martina Duncan; Engineer Amir Dillawar, and Caribbean Community (Caricom) Secretariat Energy Expert Dr. Devon Gardner.
Referring to climate change as a clear and present danger, UG Vice Chancellor Professor Ivelaw Griffith spoke of the need for planning in case coastal defences were to be breached. Griffith noted that if this occurs, the inflow of water could undermine current infrastructure. He noted that not even the mangrove forests can withstand the full force of the ocean.
Griffith also spoke of the need to examine the possibility that oil revenues from production after 2020 could be used towards adjusting citizens to the effects of climate change.Referring to his notes, he posited that this can include developing the hinterland and resettling away from the coast.
Meanwhile, Dr Bynoe pointed out that with the increase in harmful gases, an imbalance has been created in the greenhouse effect. According to the specialist, any efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change must take into account safeguarding the agriculture sector.
“We’ve had changes in many extreme weather and climate events, and many of you can testify that you have experienced a number of warmer nights. And it’s very likely that all nine regions will experience heavy precipitation (rainfall) events. How are humans responsible? We have changed the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Without the greenhouse effect, you and I would not be alive here. But the concentration of greenhouse gases would have led to the enhanced greenhouse effect. There are three culprits: carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide.”
UNIVERSITY of Guyana (UG) students studying geography got the unique opportunity last Wednesday of learning hands-on about using the platform, OpenStreetMap (OSM).
The occasion was the observance of Geographic Information System (GIS) Day, which happens to coincide with observances to mark Geography Awareness Week, better known as GEOWEEK.
The event, which was hosted by UG in collaboration with a host of other agencies, was held on campus at the Centre for Information Technology.
According to Ms Malini Jaikarran, an analyst at the Ministry of Communities, GIS Day is observed the world over every year since 1999 on the third Wednesday in November.
Noting that the event brought together representatives of the university’s Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Guyana Power and Light Inc (GPL) and the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA), she said:
“We are here to introduce the OpenStreetMapping platform in which parts of Guyana will be mapped.
“Students will mark key features, landmarks, businesses and services in their communities.”
As she went on to say, “We are mapping key features and landmarks in the communities where the participants live.
“The main aim of the GIS and OSM Day is basically to develop more geospatial information that can be used by government agencies and the public, and to teach basic mapping skills to the persons participating.”