Our Work

What We Do

© Pete Oxford



The world has lost nearly half its forests for agriculture, development or resource extraction. Yet the value of the benefits that standing forests provide is immense: Tropical forests alone account for at least 30 percent of the global mitigation action needed to halt climate change. Yet this value remains largely invisible.

Climate Change

Current greenhouse gas emission trends put the world on course for a 3.7-4.8°C temperature increase by 2100, which would cause catastrophic effects. Even current international commitments fall short of the cuts required to limit warming to a relatively safer 2°C. Even if all emissions are stopped immediately, effects will continue for centuries due to the cumulative impact of emissions already in the atmosphere. Meanwhile, nearly 800 million people globally are currently considered especially vulnerable to the effects of climate change, including the Caribbean region.


Bolstering Guyana’s National Protected Areas System

The establishment of an improved base of knowledge relating to local biodiversity, its status and trends, and the consequences of its loss which can be widely shared and acted on, including the expansion of the protected areas system to meet Guyana’s international commitments and national ambitions.

El Dorado Gold

The two pronged initiative aims to catalyze the move to mercury-free mining and encourage targeted as opposed to blind mining by working with actors at all stages of the gold production process to devise solutions that foster responsible mining and improves the productivity and profitability of the industry.

Green Conversations

“Green Conversations” is an opportunity to learn about the meaning of a green economy or green state and how it relates to social, economic and environmental development.

Guyana: Resilient and One

Guyana: Resilient and One (GRO) is a programme to advance Guyana’s sustainable economy through investments in education, research, sustainable management and conservation of the country’s vast ecosystems.


We’re mapping the NBS mangroves and learning everything we need to know about them, like what animals and plant life are preserved there, in order to protect them. At the same time, we’re working with others to develop a coordination body across borders so that all affected countries (Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana and Brazil) communicate with one another and make environmentally sound decisions together.

Plan of Action for Regional Development

The PARD is a plan for managing the long term strategic, economic, social, cultural and environmental development in the administrative regions in Guyana.

Pope Initiative

The POPE Initiative aims to ensure that Guyana has a sturdy Sovereign Wealth Fund with policies and laws that not only meet international best practice standards but also receive widespread, non-partisan support from the National Assembly.

Supporting REDD+ projects to protect forests

CI works with partners to develop a holistic and relevant strategy to implement REDD+ in Guyana as well as supporting a mechanism for tracking deforestation and the implementation of REDD+ policies.

Sustainable Villages

At the heart of the Sustainable Villages initiative are 10 year Village Improvement Plans (VIPs). Each VIP is organized into six programmatic areas, linked to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Education, Culture, Health, Governance, Livelihoods and Local Economic Development, and Nature/Environment.