ExxonMobil Foundation announces US$10M for sustainable employment, conservation
ExxonMobil Foundation, the philanthropic arm of ExxonMobil, today announced US$10 million (G$2B) in funding for Conservation International and the University of Guyana (UG) to train Guyanese for sustainable job openings and to expand community-supported conservation. A statement from ExxonMobil said that the investment is also aimed at supporting Guyana’s Green State Development Plan, the country’s 15-year development plan that, among other things, intends to diversify Guyana’s economy and balance economic growth with sustainable management and conservation of the country’s ecosystems. The statement said that ExxonMobil Foundation will provide the investment over five years. Since its massive oil discovery offshore in 2015, ExxonMobil and the Guyana Government have come under pressure to show how the US oil major will give back to the local economy and via local content policies. The government is still to finalise the country’s local content policy. The statement said that initial grant money will fund a feasibility study piloted by Conservation International, through its affiliate, Conservation International Guyana (CIG), to further define the details of the programme. Once defined, CIG and UG will deliver the education, training, research and retention programmes that “will help ensure that economic growth reinforces Guyana’s environmental development goals”.
A toppled truck on a bridge along the Linden to Lethem trail has restricted traffic in and out of Region Nine, where continuing rainfall has also seen a section of the road between Aishalton and Wariwau washed away. Region Nine Chairman Bryan Allicock also told Stabroek News last night that the movement of people in the region has been limited as roads are flooded as a result of heavy rainfall in the Rupununi and the overtopping of the Ireng and Takutu rivers. He noted that in some areas, a shuttle system has been put in place to transport people from one area to the next. Addressing the toppled truck, Allicock said, “buses are shuttling the people and goods to one end and then they take another bus to get to their destination.” He noted that the truck overturned on the bridge during the course of last week. He said fresh efforts would be made to remove the truck today. He also pointed out that they would have to conduct emergency rehabilitation works on the bridge before it is fully reopened to the public.