President David Granger on Wednesday accepted letters of credence from Maria Clara Duclos Carisio, accrediting her as the new Brazilian Ambassador to Guyana.During a simple ceremony at the Ministry of the Presidency, the new Ambassador pledged support from her country in several sectors. Carisio noted that many citizens from Guyana have settled in Brazil and vice versa. For this, the relationship has strengthened ever since the nations established diplomatic relations in 1968.New Brazilian Ambassador to Guyana, Maria Clara Duclos CarisioMeanwhile, President David Granger expressed that future collaborations are expected by the two countries, especially in the area of environmental sustainability. Other areas to be looked at include defence mechanisms, education, health, infrastructure, petroleum, security and environmental protection.Adding to that, it was shared that both countries are interested in the preservation of the Guyana Shield, which was dubbed as a route to environmental protection.“It is important that our two countries continue to cooperate to explore sustainable pathways of environmental protection. Guyana looks forward to future collaborations with Brazil in the field of environment and the preservation of the Guyana Shield,” he said.The Shield spreads a distance of 2.7 square kilometres and encompasses other countries such as Suriname, Brazil, Venezuela and Colombia within the South American continent.Environmental preservation comes at a time when Brazil’s forested lands burned at a record rate for several days in August. Brazil had declared a state of emergency over rising fires in the same zone. The National Institute for Space Research (INPE) has recorded more than 73,000 fires this year.