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Upper Essequibo Conservation Concession

Conservation International Guyana (CIG) has entered into a 30-year lease with theGovernment of Guyana for the establishment of a 200,000 acre Conservation Concession. While the lease is similar to that extended to the forestry industry, CIG will not be using the area to harvest timber instead will be paying all the acreage fees and taxes while maintaining the concession as a conservation area. The goal of the U.E.C.C is to promote conservation by se-curing a pristine biologically important habitat before it becomes subjected to development pressures. Explore

Kanuku Mountains

Conservation International Guyana, at the request of the Government of Guyana, and in collaboration with the Ministry of Amerindian Affairs and the Environmental Protection Agency has been involved in preliminary work over the past ten years, for the establishment of a protected area in the Kanuku Mountains of Guyana. The process has seen inclusive participation from the 18 communities that utilize the resources of the Kanuku Mountains. Work on the delineation of the boundaries of the Proposed Kanuku Mountains protected area has been initiated with funding support from the German Bank KFW and CI.

The Kanuku Mountains are one of the last remaining tropical wilderness areas in the world and one of the most biologically rich areas in Guyana with over 350 species of birds, including the Harpy Eagle, as well as 80 percent of the mammalian species of Guyana including the Jaguar. The area is one of five sites identified in Guyana to become protected areas and one of the two priority sites. Explore

Konashen

Guyana’s first Community Owned Conservation Area (COCA) is now the largest protected area in the country and is managed exclusively by the Wai Wai indigenous group. This has effectively brought more than one million acres of rain-forest under sustainable management while ensuring the continued development of the group and their traditional way of life. The Wai Wais of Konashen District in the south of Guyana received title to the land in 2004 and partnered with Conservation International and the Government of Guyana to have the entire area established as a protected area.

Today the area provides a sanctuary, with healthy populations of most of Guyana’s giants, like the Harpy Eagle (Harpia harpyja,) the Jaguar (Panthera onca), and others such as the Blue Poison Frog (Dendrbates tinctorius), the Emerald Boa (Corallus caninus), the Cock of the Rock (Rupicola Rupicola) and the Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao). Explore