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Goal 2

By 2025, key pathfinder economic sectors demonstrate alignment with a green economic development agenda, leading the diversification of local, regional and national economies.

Guyanese know that if you plant plantain, you can’t reap cassava. We help Guyana sow a secure future for all generations by assisting with Guyana’s transition from a traditional economic model to a green, diversified model geared towards long-term growth and prosperity. We do so by focusing on three main areas:

  • Responsible mining of gold particularly at the small and medium scales, minimizing its ecological footprint and maximizing its contribution to the economy
  • Building climate resilient and sustainable tourism and agriculture sectors with strong dependence on healthy ecosystems
  • Creation of an alliance of pathfinding business leaders to grow domestic participation in a green economy

Responsible mining of gold particularly at the small and medium scales, minimizing its ecological footprint and maximizing its contribution to the economy

In partnership with both the public and private sectors and civil society, CI-Guyana is implementing the El Dorado Gold: Responsible Mining for Guyana initiative which focuses on reducing the negative environmental footprint of small and medium scale gold mining.

Building climate resilient and sustainable tourism and agriculture sectors with strong dependence on healthy ecosystems

Guyana is one of the few countries in the world to have such a high forest cover. We’re also experiencing an increase in visitors by the year. We believe that Guyana is well placed to become a leader in eco-tourism, promoting, while protecting the beautiful and unique landscapes to curious visitors. We are working with local communities to grow this new sector in Guyana.

Creation of an alliance of pathfinding business leaders to grow domestic participation in a green economy

We need the private sector on board if we hope to be successful in adopting a green model of economic development. This is why CI-Guyana is creating an alliance of forward thinking businesses which are prepared to ensure the protection of vital natural resources while pursuing economic growth. This Alliance for Nature will foster care for nature through the adoption of environmentally responsible policies and corporate social responsibility activities