Guyana to use satellite images to stop illegal mining

Guyana to use satellite images to stop illegal mining

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Guyana: The Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment of Guyana plans to use satellite imagery to stop illegal mining.

The ministry is currently organising ‘Mining Week 2013’ in Georgetown. Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment (MoNRE), Robert Persaud has said that the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) will use satellite imagery to stop illegal mining. The minister also talked about several other strategic initiatives to reduce the costs and risks involved in mining. The initiatives include tax waivers on new double-cab vehicles for miners, paying miners in foreign currency for the sale of their gold, helping them to reduce fuel importation costs, coordinating action on security concerns and illegal raiding, and supporting mercury-free mining.

Source: guyanachronicleonline.com