Georgetown-Lethem Road discussed in NYT article

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The Georgetown-Lethem Road, deemed “one of South America’s most remarkable roads,â€? was featured in Sunday’s New York Times. The article and audio slide show discusses the impact of improving the road and how the country is torn between economic development and preserving the pristine environment. From the article: “The road is a physical manifestation of… Read more »

Guyana rainforest diversity…threatened.

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On a trip to collect information on the giant river otter, an endangered species, a group of researchers ended up in Rewa Head. “In just six weeks the expedition recorded an astounding variety of life: 158 species of birds, 22 species of medium to large mammals, and half of Guyana’s known endangered species.” They also… Read more »

Have you heard of…the Rupununi Learners?

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I came across a great website one day for the Rupununi Learners. The organization is made up of two non-profit organizations – the Rupununi Learners Incorporated (RLI) and Rupununi Learners Foundation (RLF). RLI is a registered non-profit in Guyana, founded in 2007 and RLF is a registered non-profit in the USA that started in 2001…. Read more »

Guyana goldminers worried about ‘environmental era’

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As the Guyanese mining industry adopts stricter environmental standards, miners worry about the higher associated costs.  Along with the stricter standards, the new rules will be “tightly enforced.”  Prime Minister Samuel Hinds stated, “restoration must be recognized as a cost of production.”  The need to lessen the environment impact of mining without hindering mining’s economic… Read more »

Time’s Top 10 Scientific Discoveries

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Suriname is on the list. (via #4  Among the hundreds of new life forms and animal species discovered this year, scientists have been able to identify 24 new species in a remote part of Suriname’s rainforest.  Among these species include 12 dung beetles, an ant species, six species of fish and five new frogs,… Read more »

Guyana’s bold move: Offering to place its rainforest into the hands of the international community

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Guyana has offered to “place its entire standing forest under the control of a British-led, international body in return for a bilateral deal with the UK that would secure development aid and the technical assistance needed to make the change to a green economy.” The deal would amount to the largest carbon offset ever offered… Read more »