…after universal periodic review from UNBy Jarryl BryanWith its low-lying coast containing an abundance of agriculture, sometimes all that stands between Guyana’s food security and the fury of the ocean is the seawall. And after a review of the situation, the United Nations has urged Guyana to intensify its climate change fight.The recent result of overtopping and flooding in MahaicaThis is contained in the publication Climate change and human rights: contributions by and for Latin America and the Caribbean, released recently by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).According to the publication, Guyana was one of only a few countries in the region to not make any climate change recommendations. Cuba and Haiti top the list for the number of recommendations they made and received.Guyana did receive one recommendation and it was a crucial one. According to the publication, Guyana should “continue and intensify programmes aimed at mitigating climate change negative impacts on food security and environment, and share the experience gained in this field with interested countries”.The publication also tied climate change and energy with gender equality. According to ECLAC, Guyana should review its climate change and energy policies, especially those related to the oil and gas sector, in order to develop a disaster risk reduction strategy.ECLAC noted that this strategy should consider the negative effects of climate change on gender equality and the lives of women and their families. This, it was noted, should especially focus on those in the danger zones, that is, areas below sea level.“The Committee also recommended that Guyana include a gender assessment in all environmental impact assessments and establish a mechanism to monitor the implementation of those assessments and to guarantee that rural and Amerindian women can fully contribute to the development of the country,” the report states.According to ECLAC, this should include them being able to “give their free, prior and informed consent before any development, business, agro-industrial or extractive projects affecting their traditional lands and resources are initiated, whether carried out by national or foreign enterprises, (and to ensure they) can take advantage of adequate benefit-sharing agreements and are provided with adequate alternative livelihood”.The organisation’s recommendations to Guyana come after the UN’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR), which is done every four and a half years on the basis of a national report from the country being reviewed. Also taken into account during the review were contributions from the UN and information presented by relevant stakeholders including civil society.Over the past few months, the country has had to deal with climate change close up after flooding in Mahaica in October saw more than 300 acres of rice being destroyed and hundreds of acres being put under threat of destruction by salt water. In addition, livestock was destroyed and properties sustained damages.Besides the destruction of acres of the rice crop itself caused by the water, it had been reported that the flooded land was no longer suitable for rice production since the soil composition had become too salty.In the case of the sea defence at Dantzig, Mahaica, salt water from the ocean flowed onto the land when it was breached. Residents reported that the water impacted livestock, rice fields and vegetable farms. Persons in residential areas were also affected.Checks by this publication on the affected areas weeks after several villages were first inundated revealed that persons were still losing livestock and the area is plagued by mosquitoes.
0Shares0000Eliud Kipchoge will attempt to break the two-hour marathon barrier — the last great landmark in modern athletics — in Vienna in October © AFP/File / Ben STANSALLLONDON, United Kingdom, Jun 27 – Eliud Kipchoge will attempt to break the two-hour marathon barrier — the last great landmark in modern athletics — in Vienna in October, his London-based INEOS 1:59 Challenge team announced Thursday.The Kenyan world record holder will attempt the unprecedented feat in the Prater park in the Austrian capital on October 12, with an eight-day window to October 20 in case of bad weather. “This is a golden chance for me to make history and show the world that no human is limited,” said Kipchoge.The effort will be run in 9.6-kilometre laps of the park’s dead-straight Hauptallee tree-lined avenue. Kipchoge will change direction on a roundabout at each end.In his previous attempt at running the first-ever sub-two-hour marathon on the Monza Formula One racetrack in Italy in 2017, Kipchoge completed the 26.2-mile (42.2-kilometre) distance in 2:00:25.The in-form marathon great is preparing for his new record attempt at his Kaptagat training camp in Kenya, 2,400 metres (7,900 feet) above sea level.“Vienna has a fast and flat course, nicely protected by trees,” the 34-year-old said.Since Monza, Kipchoge set the official world record of 2:01:39 at the 2018 Berlin Marathon.His last outing was at the 2019 London Marathon in April, which he won in 2:02:37 — the second-fastest time ever recorded in an official race.“This gives me further belief that I can break two hours,” he said, given that he went into Monza with a personal best of 2:03:05.The Olympic champion is skipping the biennial 2019 World Athletics Championships in Doha from September 27-October 6 to concentrate on the record attempt.– Finding 26 seconds –Vienna was chosen after meeting particular criteria, as Kipchoge looks to shave off a second per mile from his 2:00:25 Monza landmark.They included a fast, flat and straight track; fresh air due to the horse chestnut trees; wide, traffic-free and illuminated roads with space for spectators; optimum performance weather conditions in October, and a one-hour time difference from Kipchoge’s training camp.The course is 165 metres above sea level, while the Vienna average weather conditions are 10 degrees Celsius (50 degrees Fahrenheit), with six days of rain in the month.The attempt will be run in the early morning, to match Kipchoge’s training patterns.As at Monza, pacemakers will be rotated in and out — one of the factors that would prevent the feat of human achievement from being an official world record sanctioned by the International Association of Athletics Federations.0Shares0000(Visited 20 times, 1 visits today)