Lands and Surveys Commission to re-evaluate public lands, update maps of various areas of Guyana

DPI, Guyana, Wednesday, July 18, 2018

The Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission (GLSC) will soon begin a project which will see the revaluation of public lands for the purpose of determining rent structures and the updating maps of various areas of Guyana, among other initiatives.

In December 2017, the commission received a US$14.8Million (GYD$3.1B) fund from the Guyana REDD+ Investment Fund for the project.

Today, on the sidelines of the National Toshaos Council Conference being held at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre, Secretariat Manager of the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission, Durwin Humphrey told reporters that government in collaboration with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (UN-FAO) are currently finalising the necessary steps before beginning the project.

“We hope to start implementation soon, during the course of this month. We expect a team from FAO Rome to visit Guyana later this month to kick-start that implementation process. We have to do an analysis to determine the areas that need priorities,” Humphrey explained.

The project also caters for geographic information systems (GIS); the evaluation of public lands for classification for various purposes such as agriculture and mining; strengthening the valuation function of the commission and preparing the commission to a level necessary to supply the types of services needed.

The commission intends to roll out all of these projects over the next four years.

By: Ranetta La Fleur.