tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:/xml/guyana1 Guyana news from mongabay.com 2014-11-06T17:56:00Z tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13936 2014-10-22T19:45:00Z 2014-11-06T17:56:00Z Gold mining expanding rapidly along Guiana Shield, threatening forests, water, wildlife <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1022-thumb-ppithecia-hans-hillewaert.jpeg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Gold mining is on the rise in the Guiana Shield, a geographic region of South America that holds one of the world’s largest undisturbed tract of rainforest. A new mapping technology using a radar and optical imaging combination has detected a significant increase in mining since 2000, threatening the region's forests and water quality. Morgan Erickson-Davis 1.175769 -55.766076 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13884 2014-10-07T17:14:00Z 2014-10-10T14:15:08Z An impossible balancing act? Forests benefit from isolation, but at cost to local communities <table align="left"><tr><td><img src=" http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0923_anna_150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The indigenous people of the Amazon live in areas that house many of the Amazon’s diverse species. The Rupununi region of Guyana is one such area, with approximately 20,000 Makushi and Wapishana people living in isolation. According to a recent study published in Environmental Modelling & Software, a simulation model revealed a link between growing indigenous populations and gradual local resource depletion. Tiffany Roufs 3.930703 -59.092860 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13717 2014-08-26T20:18:00Z 2014-08-27T16:58:24Z How do we save the world's vanishing old-growth forests? <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/sabah_1454.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>There's nothing in the world like a primary forest, which has never been industrially logged or cleared by humans. They are often described as cathedral-like, due to pillar-like trees and carpet-like undergrowth. Yet, the world's primary forests&#8212;also known as old-growth forests&#8212;are falling every year, and policy-makers are not doing enough to stop it. Jeremy Hance 5.159093 116.924597 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13685 2014-08-19T05:18:00Z 2014-08-19T05:34:50Z Norway puts $1.6B into rainforest conservation <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/i/australia/150/australia_mossman_gorge_071.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Since 2008 Norway has been the single largest foreign donor to tropical forest conservation, putting more than 10 billion Norwegian Krone, or $1.6 billion, toward programs in several countries under its International Climate and Forest Initiative. But how effective have those funds been in actually protecting forests? Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13364 2014-06-10T02:43:00Z 2014-06-10T02:55:34Z Tropical nations make progress in slowing deforestation Efforts to slow destruction of tropical forests seem to be paying off in a number of countries, argues a new report published by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13061 2014-04-08T22:47:00Z 2014-04-08T23:06:28Z Emissions from rainforest logging average 16% of those from deforestation <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://www.mongabay.com/images/gabon/150/gabon_2655.JPG" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Carbon emissions from selective logging operations in tropical rainforests are roughly a sixth of those from outright forest clearing, finds a new study that evaluated 13 forestry concessions in six countries. The study analyzed carbon losses from elements of logging operations, including timber extraction, collateral damage to surrounding vegetation, and logging infrastructure like roads and skid trails. Rhett Butler 2.742787 -57.467165 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12217 2013-10-21T13:30:00Z 2013-10-23T20:21:38Z Art, education, and health: holistic conservation group embarks on new chapter <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/1020.performances.-rwanda-%C2%A9Julie-Ghrist.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>It's unlikely conservation organizations can survive if they are unwilling to embrace change: as an endeavor, conservation requires not just longterm planning, but also an ability to move proactively and fluidly to protect species and safeguard ecosystems. Environmental and education NGO, the Art of Conservation, is currently embarking on its biggest change since its foundation in 2006: moving away from its base in Rwanda, while leaving a legacy behind. Jeremy Hance -1.509716 29.486434 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11792 2013-07-19T02:19:00Z 2013-07-19T02:23:13Z New poison dart frog discovered in 'Lost World' Scientists have described a new species of poison dart frog after discovering it during a study to determine the impact of tourism on biodiversity in a tract of rainforest known as 'The Lost World' in Guyana. Rhett Butler 4.346411 -58.733768 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11770 2013-07-15T14:57:00Z 2013-10-22T15:57:20Z Forgotten species: the arapaima or 'dinosaur fish' <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/0715.arapaima.IMG_6174.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Let's go back some 14,000 years (or up to 50,000 depending on who you talk to), since this is the first time humans encountered the meandering, seemingly endless river system of the Amazon. Certainly, the world's first Amazonians would have been astounded by the giant beasts of the region, including ground sloths and mastodons (both now extinct), as well as giant anteaters, armadillos, and tapirs, currently the biggest land animal on the continent. But these first explorers might have been even more surprised by what dwelled in the rivers: anaconda, caiman, and the arapaima. Wait, the what? Jeremy Hance 3.664936 -58.700556 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11654 2013-06-26T21:41:00Z 2014-02-12T22:15:31Z Deforestation rates for Amazon countries outside Brazil <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/13/0626-amazon-deforestation-accumulated-by-country-150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Deforestation has sharply increased in Amazon countries outside of Brazil, finds a new analysis based on satellite data. Using data from Terra-i, O-Eco's InfoAmazonia team has developed updated forest cover maps for Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, French Guyana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela. The results reveal an increasing trend in forest clearing since 2004. Rhett Butler -10.833306 -71.7334 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10908 2013-02-21T03:34:00Z 2013-02-21T04:04:21Z 15 percent of Guyana's reptiles and amphibians found nowhere else Fifteen percent of Guyana's 324 known species of reptiles and amphibians are found nowhere else in the world, reports a comprehensive new assessment published in the journal <i>Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington</i>. Rhett Butler 2.668712 -57.930908 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10778 2013-01-29T16:01:00Z 2013-01-29T16:06:15Z Miners win ruling over indigenous groups in Guyana A judge in Guyana's high court has ruled that indigenous groups do not have the right to expel legal miners from their land. The judge, Diana Insanally, found that if the miners in question held a government-approved license than the local community had no right to dispute the mining. The ruling has sparked protests by indigenous groups and is expected to be appealed. Jeremy Hance 6.466637 -60.333356 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10627 2012-12-31T22:31:00Z 2012-12-31T23:10:57Z The year in rainforests <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay.s3.amazonaws.com/sabah/150/sabah_aerial_1802.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>2012 was another year of mixed news for the world's tropical forests. This is a look at some of the most significant tropical rainforest-related news stories for 2012. There were many other important stories in 2012 and some were undoubtedly overlooked in this review. If you feel there's something we missed, please feel free to highlight it in the comments section. Also please note that this post focuses only on tropical forests. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10610 2012-12-24T01:16:00Z 2012-12-24T20:44:48Z Norway to send Guyana $45m for maintaining low deforestation rate Norway will pay Guyana $45 million for maintaining its low deforestation rate under a climate partnership between the two countries. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10181 2012-09-21T13:50:00Z 2014-02-20T21:52:36Z New forest map shows 6% of Amazon deforested between 2000 and 2010 <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/12/0921raisg150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>An update to one of the most comprehensive maps of the Amazon basin shows that forest cover across the world's largest rainforest declined by about six percent between 2000 and 2010. But the map also reveals hopeful signs that recognition of protected areas and native lands across the eight countries and one department that make up the Amazon is improving, with conservation and indigenous territories now covering nearly half of its land mass. Rhett Butler -8.624472 -66.062508 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9935 2012-07-30T15:32:00Z 2012-08-16T14:06:19Z Guyana rainforests secure trust fund <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/j/129230anteater-XL.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The nation of Guyana sports some of South America's most intact and least-imperiled rainforests, and a new $8.5 million trust fund hopes to keep it that way. The Guyanese government has teamed up with Germany and Conservation International (CI) to create a long-term trust fund to manage the country's protected areas system (PAS). Jeremy Hance 6.79724 -58.147945 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9064 2012-02-07T16:20:00Z 2012-02-07T16:21:10Z Guyanese tribe maps Connecticut-sized rainforest for land rights <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://travel.mongabay.com/images/jeremy_hance/150/Guyana_448.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>In a bid to gain legal recognition of their land, the indigenous Wapichan people have digitally mapped their customary rainforest land in Guyana over the past ten years. Covering 1.4 million hectares, about the size of Connecticut, the rainforest would be split between sustainable-use regions, sacred areas, and wildlife conservation according to a plan by the Wapichan tribe that will be released today. The plan says the tribe would preserve the forest from extractive industries. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/8739 2011-11-27T15:49:00Z 2011-11-27T16:09:16Z 8 Amazon countries pledge more coordination in rainforest conservation Eight Amazon countries pledged greater cooperation in efforts to protect the world's largest rainforest from deforestation and illegal mining and logging, reports <i>AFP</i>. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/8668 2011-11-09T22:26:00Z 2011-11-17T04:14:50Z Indigenous technicians scour Amazonia to help researchers track wildlife populations <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/11/1109indigenous150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Scientists only have so many hands and eyes. That’s why ecologists enlisted hundreds of Makushi and Wapishana villagers to record the sights and signs of animals across 48,000 square kilometers of the Amazon basin near the Brazil-Guyana border. In the ongoing project, scientists seek to describe the interactions between indigenous peoples, their environment and the native fauna. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/8270 2011-08-10T17:29:00Z 2011-08-10T17:31:00Z Animal picture of the day: the jaws of the piranha Few fish have a more fearsome reputation than the piranha. Yet recent research has shown that attacks on humans are rare and often accidental, though they do eat their prey alive and are capable of stripping a cattle carcass bare (though it doesn't happen instantaneously). Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/7742 2011-04-14T18:16:00Z 2011-09-06T13:42:07Z World Atlas of Mangroves: A Book Review Because recent research has shown that it is often the case that mangroves store more carbon than tropical forests--from 90 tons to 588 tons carbon from above-ground and below-ground biomass combined with net primary productivity of 7 to 25 tons carbon annually--while providing an estimated ecosystem services value of up to US$ 9270 per hectare per year, the timely publication of the World Atlas of Mangroves is an excellent reference for those of us working to protect mangroves globally. With information sourced from 1400 literature references, the atlas gives the reader the information they need so as to further understand mangrove ecosystems, and the opportunities to develop mangrove ecosystem conservation and carbon projects. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/7709 2011-04-07T22:57:00Z 2011-04-07T23:13:19Z Greenpeace says McKinsey's REDD+ work could encourage deforestation <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/11/0407caughtredhanded150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>One of the world's top consultancies, McKinsey & Co., is providing advice to governments developing 'Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation' (REDD+) programs that could increase risks to tropical forests, claims a new report published by Greenpeace. The report, Bad Influence – how McKinsey-inspired plans lead to rainforest destruction, says that McKinsey’s REDD+ cost curve and baseline scenarios are being used to justify expansion of industrial capacity in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Guyana. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/7188 2010-12-17T22:01:00Z 2010-12-17T22:57:09Z Prominent indigenous leader gets death threats in Guyana Environmental groups have written to Guyana president Bharrat Jagdeo over recent threats against Tony James, the President of the Amerindian Peoples Association in Guyana. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/7160 2010-12-09T18:15:00Z 2010-12-14T05:48:58Z Guyana: where's the money pledged for saving rainforests? Funds ostensibly set aside to reward tropical countries for protecting their rainforests are being held up, threatening to exhaust the political capital needed to advance the proposed reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD) mechanism before it even gets off the ground, warned the president of Guyana during a lively panel organized by Avoided Deforestation Partners on the sidelines of UN climate talks in Cancun, Mexico. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/7058 2010-11-15T14:33:00Z 2010-11-15T18:46:18Z Rainforests, wildlife preserved by indigenous spiritual beliefs <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/10/1115boat150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>New research within the native Wapishana and Makushi communities of Guyana suggests that indigenous cultural beliefs such as shamanism help preserve tropical forests and wildlife. The analysis, published in the September 2010 Journal of Latin American Geography, draws from a massive data set that tracks wildlife populations, hunting kill sites, and spiritually significant features of the landscape within a 48,000-square-kilometer area in southern Guyana. The authors recruited the hunters themselves to record much of the data. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/7012 2010-11-07T20:11:00Z 2010-11-07T23:30:24Z Deforestation jumps, but Guyana nonetheless qualifies for REDD payment Guyana's deforestation rate over the past 12 months was roughly three times the average annual rate over the prior 20 year period, but was still well below the baseline under the recent $250 million forest conservation partnership with Norway, according to a new report released by Guyana Forestry Commission's REDD+ Monitoring Reporting and Verification System (MRVS). Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/5742 2010-03-01T02:57:00Z 2010-03-01T16:28:32Z Guyana bans gold mining in the 'Land of the Giants' <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/j/tapirbig.thumb.bmp " align="left"/></td></tr></table>Guyana has banned gold dredging in the Rewa Head region of the South American country after pressure from Amerindian communities in the area. A recent expedition to Rewa Head turned up unspoiled wilderness and mind-boggling biodiversity. The researchers, in just six weeks, stumbled on the world's largest snake (anaconda), spider (the aptly named goliath bird-eating spider), armadillo (the giant armadillo), anteater (the giant anteater), and otter (the giant otter), leading them to dub the area 'the Land of the Giants'. "During our brief survey we had encounters with wildlife that tropical biologists can spend years in the field waiting for. On a single day we had two tapirs paddle alongside our boat, we were swooped on by a crested eagle and then later charged by a group of giant otters." Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/5345 2009-12-21T18:24:00Z 2009-12-21T19:35:43Z Guyana to increase oversight of gold mining under deal to save forests with Norway As apart of a deal with Norway to preserve its rainforests, Guyana will step up oversight of its gold mining industry, which has been accused of causing significant environmental damage including deforestation and mercury and cyanide pollution. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/5255 2009-12-09T14:51:00Z 2009-12-11T02:23:14Z New tree species discovered in Guyana is rich source of oil Botanists working have described a new species of tree with commercial significance in Guyana. The discovery is published in <i>Brittonia</i>, a journal put out by the New York Botanical Garden. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/5176 2009-11-29T22:19:00Z 2009-12-01T15:19:58Z Guyana expedition finds biodiversity trove in area slated for oil and gas development, an interview with Robert Pickles <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/j/IMG_0640small.JPG" align="left"/></td></tr></table>An expedition deep into Guyana's rainforest interior to find the endangered giant river otter—and collect their scat for genetic analysis—uncovered much more than even this endangered charismatic species. "Visiting the Rewa Head felt like we were walking in the footsteps of Wallace and Bates, seeing South America with its natural density of wild animals as it would have appeared 150 years ago," expedition member Robert Pickles said to Mongabay.com. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/5173 2009-11-27T21:12:00Z 2009-11-27T21:17:34Z No-shows among South American leaders at Amazon summit A summit between South American leaders to devise a plan to save the Amazon, failed to come up with a "common stance" on deforestation, as five of the eight invited leaders failed to show up to the meeting, reports Al Jazeera. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/5105 2009-11-09T23:03:00Z 2009-11-10T14:59:08Z Norway to give Guyana up to $250M for rainforest conservation Norway will provide up to $250 million to Guyana as part of the South American country's effort to avoid emissions from deforestation. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/5011 2009-09-24T13:23:00Z 2012-01-28T05:57:48Z Roads are enablers of rainforest destruction <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/sat/americas/br_230-150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Chainsaws, bulldozers, and fires are tools of rainforest destruction, but roads are enablers. Roads link resources to markets, enabling loggers, farmers, ranchers, miners, and land speculators to convert remote forests into economic opportunities. But the ecological cost is high: 95 percent of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon occurs within 50-kilometers of a road; in Africa, where logging roads are rapidly expanding across the Congo basin, the bulk of bushmeat hunting occurs near roads. In Laos and Sumatra, roads are opening last remnants of intact forests to logging, poaching, and plantation development. But roads also cause subtler impacts, fragmenting habitats, altering microclimates, creating highways for invasive species, blocking movement of wildlife, and claiming animals as roadkill. A new paper, published in <i>Trends in Evolution and Ecology</i>, reviews these and other impacts of roads on rainforests. Its conclusions don't bode well for the future of forests. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/4698 2009-07-02T15:30:00Z 2009-07-02T15:38:35Z REDD readiness plans for Panama, Guyana approved but rejected for Indonesia The World Bank's Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) has approved REDD readiness plans (R-Plans) for Panama and Guyana, and rejected a plan for Indonesia, reports the U.N. and the Bank Information Center</a>, an advocacy group. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/4389 2009-03-19T19:46:00Z 2013-04-28T02:20:03Z Norway emerges as champion of rainforest conservation <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/09/0319hans150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>While citizens in western countries have long paid lip service to saving rainforests, Norway has quietly emerged as the largest and most important international force in tropical forest conservation. The small Scandinavian country has committed 3 billion krone ($440 million) a year to the effort, a figure vastly greater than the $100M pledged — but never fully contributed — by the United States under the Tropical Forest Conservation Act (TFCA). Norway now hopes it can help push to include forest conservation in the successor to the Kyoto Protocol by providing funding and fostering cooperation among international actors like the UN and World Bank, as well as developing countries, to fund the creation of an international architecture which makes it possible to incorporate deforestation and degradation into a post-2012 climate regime. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/4311 2009-02-19T04:43:00Z 2009-02-19T06:25:50Z Amazon rainforest in big trouble, says UN <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/09/0218amazon150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Economic development could doom the Amazon warns a comprehensive new report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The report &#8212; titled <i>GEO Amazonia</i> [<a target=_blank href=http://www.unep.org/pdf/GEOAMAZONIA.pdf>PDF-21.3MB</a>] &#8212; is largely a synthesis of previously published research, drawing upon studies by more than 150 experts in the eight countries that share the Amazon. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/4289 2009-02-12T13:02:00Z 2009-02-12T14:04:35Z Payments for eco services could save the Amazon <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/09/0212wwf150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Paying for the ecological services provided by the Amazon rainforest could be the key to saving it, reports a new analysis from WWF. The study, Keeping the Amazon forests standing: a matter of values, tallied the economic value of various ecosystem services afforded by Earth's largest rainforest. It found that standing forest is worth, at minimum, $426 per hectare per year. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/4258 2009-02-05T04:03:00Z 2009-02-05T04:43:04Z Norway to pay Guyana to save its rainforests <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://travel.mongabay.com/suriname/150/suriname_2665.JPG" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Norway will provide financial support for Guyana's ambitious plan to conserve its rainforests, reports the <i>Guyana Chronicle</i>. Meeting in Oslo, Norway on Tuesday, Guyana President Bharrat Jagdeo and Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg signed a Memorandum of Understanding agreeing to establish a partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD). The leaders will push for the incorporation of a REDD mechanism that includes low deforestation countries like Guyana in a post-2012 climate change agreement. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/3221 2008-08-17T14:30:00Z 2009-09-22T14:53:33Z Markets could save rainforests: an interview with Andrew Mitchell <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/08/0820AM_150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Markets may soon value rainforests as living entities rather than for just the commodities produced when they are cut down, said a tropical forest researcher speaking in June at a conservation biology conference in the South American country of Suriname. Andrew Mitchell, founder and director of the London-based Global Canopy Program (GCP), said he is encouraged by signs that investors are beginning to look at the value of services afforded by healthy forests. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/3112 2008-07-24T14:30:39Z 2008-12-16T10:14:34Z 14 countries win REDD funding to protect tropical forests Fourteen countries have been selected by the World Bank to receive funds for conserving their tropical forests under an innovative carbon finance scheme. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/3123 2008-07-21T14:30:39Z 2008-12-16T10:14:36Z 600 species of mushrooms discovered in Guyana In six plots of Guyanese rainforest, measuring only a hundred square meters each, scientists have discovered an astounding 1200 species of macrofungi, commonly known as mushrooms. Even more surprising: they believe over 600 of these are new to science &#8212; that's equivalent to a new species every square meter. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/3126 2008-07-20T14:30:39Z 2008-12-16T10:14:36Z Implementing a butterfly farm: Iwokrama reserve's latest sustainable initiative Iwokrama, which lies in the heart of Guyana's rainforest, is known worldwide for its innovative approach to preserving tropical rainforests and creating livelihoods for local communities. Their focus has been to create programs that utilize the forest sustainably, allowing for a mutual benefit between the people and the forest itself. Currently, Iwokrama has a number of initiatives under its umbrella, including eco-tourism, sustainable forestry, on-going research projects, and training programs. Amid these bustling projects, a new one has emerged: butterfly farming. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/3041 2008-06-14T14:30:39Z 2008-12-16T10:14:20Z Geology, climate links make Guiana Shield region particularly sensitive to change Soil and climate patterns in the Guiana Shield make the region particularly sensitive to environmental change, said a scientist speaking at a biology conference in Paramaribo, Suriname. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/3067 2008-06-09T14:30:39Z 2008-12-16T10:14:26Z Rare golden primates help speed recovery of endangered Brazilian forest The endangered golden lion tamarin &#8212; a flagship species for conservation efforts in Brazil's highly threatened Atlantic Forest or <i>Mata Atlantica</i> &#8212; plays an important role in seed dispersal, thereby helping forest regeneration, according to research published in the June issue of the open access e-journal <i>Tropical conservation Science</i>. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/3073 2008-06-09T14:30:00Z 2013-07-06T19:04:45Z Guiana Shield forests help preserve biodiversity and climate The Guiana Shield region of South America could play a significant role in efforts to fight global warming as part of a broader strategy to protect the world's biodiversity hotspots and high biodiversty wilderness areas, said a leading conservationist speaking in Paramaribo, Suriname at a gathering of tropical biologists. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/2930 2008-04-02T14:30:39Z 2008-12-16T10:14:00Z Investing to save rainforests <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/08/0402HMP_portrait_100.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Last week London-based Canopy Capital, a private equity firm, announced a historic deal to preserve the rainforest of Iwokrama, a 371,000-hectare reserve in the South American country of Guyana. In exchange for funding a "significant" part of Iwokrama's $1.2 million research and conservation program on an ongoing basis, Canopy Capital secured the right to develop value for environmental services provided by the reserve. Essentially the financial firm has bet that the services generated by a living rainforest &#8212; including rainfall generation, climate regulation, biodiversity maintenance and carbon storage &#8212; will eventually be valuable in international markets. Hylton Murray-Philipson, director of Canopy Capital, says the agreement &#8212; which returns 80 percent of the proceeds to the people of Guyana &#8212; could set the stage for an era where forest conservation is driven by the pursuit of profit rather than overt altruistic concerns. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/2789 2008-03-27T14:30:39Z 2008-12-16T10:13:32Z Private equity firm buys rights to ecosystem services of Guyana rainforest A private equity firm has purchased the rights to environmental services generated by 371,000 hectare rainforest reserve in Guyana. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the agreement is precedent-setting in that a financial firm is betting that the services generated by a living rainforest &#8212; including rainfall generation, climate regulation, biodiversity maintenance and water storage &#8212; will eventually see compensation in international markets. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/2706 2008-02-21T14:30:39Z 2008-12-16T10:13:19Z Is Guyana's logging deal in its best interests? In January Guyana awarded U.S. timber firm Simon & Shock International a 400,000-hectare (988,400-acre) logging concession near the Brazilian border. Final approval hinges on the completion of an environmental impact survey and a tree inventory. While Simon & Shock International says it plans to conduct selective logging, the firm has not announced whether it will seek Forest Stewardship Council certification, a mark for responsibly-harvested timber. Is there an alternative that can improve the lot for the average Guyanese? There may be. Last fall Guyana's President, Bharrat Jagdeo, hinted at the potential of using the country's forests as a giant carbon offset to counter climate change. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/2608 2008-01-21T14:30:39Z 2008-12-29T06:47:41Z Malaysian timber firm fined for illegal rainforest logging in Guyana Barama Company Limited, a subsidiary of the Samling Group, a Malaysian logging firm, has been fined for violating Guyana's forest laws, reports Staebroek News. Barama operates the largest timber concession in Guyana. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/2650 2008-01-09T14:30:39Z 2008-12-16T10:13:10Z Guyana grants 1 million acres of Amazon rainforest to U.S. logging firm Guyana has awarded a 988,4000-acre logging concession to a U.S. forestry company, reports the Associated Press. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/2451 2007-11-26T14:30:39Z 2008-12-16T10:12:34Z Guyana's forests offered as massive carbon offset Guyana has offered up the entirity of its remaining forest cover as a giant carbon offset, reports The Independent. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/2368 2007-10-31T14:30:39Z 2008-12-29T06:46:51Z Amphibian extinction may be worse than thought Amphibian extinction rates may be higher than previously thought, according to new DNA analysis that found more than 60 unrecognized species in the Guiana Shield of South America. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/2422 2007-10-04T14:30:39Z 2008-12-29T06:47:02Z Rainforest tribe establishes massive sustainable-use reserve An indigenous group in Guyana has established one of the world's largest sustainable forest reserves, reports conservation International. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/2253 2007-08-13T14:30:39Z 2008-12-29T06:46:28Z Low deforestation countries to see least benefit from carbon trading Countries that have done the best job protecting their tropical forests stand to gain the least from proposed incentives to combat global warming through carbon offsets, warns a new study published in Tuesday in the journal Public Library of Science Biology (PLoS). The authors say that "high forest cover with low rates of deforestation" (HFLD) nations "could become the most vulnerable targets for deforestation if the Kyoto Protocol and upcoming negotiations on carbon trading fail to include intact standing forest." Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/1915 2007-05-16T14:30:39Z 2008-12-29T06:45:23Z China tropical log imports jump at Jiangsu port Logs imports through Zhangjiagang Port in Jiangsu Province, China have increased significantly in 2007, reports the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) in its bi-weekly update. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/1682 2007-03-14T14:30:39Z 2008-12-29T06:44:39Z Amazon rainforest fires date back thousands of years <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/07/0315Aerial_1026_3227.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Fires are nothing new to the Amazon reports a study published in the journalBiotropica. Analyzing soils in the eastern Amazon, a team of scientists led by David S. Hammond of NWFS Consulting, has found evidence of forest fires dating back thousands of years. While the origin of these fires is unclear, the authors propose intriguing scenarios involving pre-Colombian human populations and ancient el Nino events which could have so dried rainforest areas that they became more prone to forest fires. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/1713 2007-03-06T14:30:39Z 2008-12-29T06:44:44Z Gold mining in Guyana damages environment, threatens Amerindians <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/07/0307glitters.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Informal gold mining is causing environmental harm and human rights abuses in Guyana says a new report from the International Human Rights Clinic (IHRC) of Harvard Law School's Human Rights Program. Wildcat gold mining has been a serious problem in the Guiana shield countries of Brazil, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana. Rising gold prices in recent years have only worsened the problem, as illegal miners have flooded the region clearing forest, polluting rivers, and making threats against indigenous people. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/1559 2007-02-18T14:30:39Z 2008-12-29T06:44:19Z 15 'new' bird species revealed in North America <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/07/0218bat3.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>DNA testing has revealed 15 'new' species of birds in North America and six 'new' species of bats from the South American country of Guyana, according to a paper appearing in the British journal Molecular Ecology Notes. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/1579 2007-02-15T14:30:39Z 2008-12-29T06:44:23Z Biofuels, logging may spur deforestation in Guyana <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/07/Turtle__Mountain_view2.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Growing timber exports and rising interest in biofuels are raising concerns that deforestation could accelerate in the South American country of Guyana. Guyana is a small, lightly populated country on the north coast of South America. About three-quarters of Guyana is forested, roughly 60 percent of which is classified as primary forest. Guyana's forests are highly diverse: the country has some 1,263 known species of amphibians, birds, mammals, and reptiles, and 6,409 species of plants. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/1397 2006-12-19T16:30:39Z 2008-12-29T06:43:55Z Time is running out for French Guiana's rainforests <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/06/1218pmf.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Understanding relationships between plants and animals is key to understanding rainforest ecology. Dr. Pierre-Michel Forget of the Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle in France is a renowned expert on the interdependency between rainforest trees and seed disperses. Author of dozens of papers on tropical forest ecology, Dr Forget is increasingly concerned about deforestation and biodiversity loss in forests of the Guiana Shield region of Northern South America. In particular he sees the invasion of informal gold miners, known as garimpeiros, as a significant threat to forests in French Guiana, Suriname, Guyana and Venezuela. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/1348 2006-11-06T08:00:39Z 2008-12-29T06:43:47Z Carbon finance could net Guyana and Suriname tens of millions of dollars Guyana and Suriname -- two of South America's least known countries -- could earn tens of millions of dollars through a global warming deal that may be proposed this week at U.N. climate talks between 189 countries in Nairobi, Kenya. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/936 2006-05-14T15:19:39Z 2008-12-29T06:42:52Z Amazon Stonehenge suggests advanced ancient rainforest culture The discovery of an ancient astrological observatory in Brazil lends support to the theory that the Amazon rainforest was once home to advanced cultures and large sedentary populations of people. Besides the well-known empires of the Inca and their predecessors, millions of people once lived in the forests and shaped the environment to suit their own needs. Archaeologists with the Amapa Institute of Scientific and Technological Research said they uncovered the ruin near Calcoene, 390 kilometers (240 miles) from Macapa, the capital of Amapa state, near Brazil's border with French Guiana. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/892 2006-05-01T15:19:39Z 2008-12-29T06:42:48Z Forest restoration important in Guyana Located on the northern edge of South America, bordered by Suriname, Brazil, Venezuela, and the Atlantic Ocean, lays a small but vibrant country with a wealth of culture, biodiversity and opportunity. During the week of 13-17 March 2006, representatives from Guyanese government departments, civil society and indigenous peoples' organizations met in the capital city, Georgetown, with the World conservation Union (IUCN) and the International Tropical Timber Organization at a national workshop on Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR). The workshop introduced the concept of FLR with the intention of better understanding how it may be applied in the Guyana context. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/391 2005-09-20T15:19:39Z 2008-12-29T06:42:11Z Builder of rainforest canopy walkways believes conservation can be profitable This month's issue of The Ecological Finance Review details Greenheart conservation Company, a for-profit company that designs, builds and operates conservation based canopy walkways (canopy trails) and other nature-based attractions around the world. Operating on the premise that conservation can be economically viable, Greenheart believes that is has already become a "model of how to shift gears from an industrial to a green economy." Greenheart has developed or is developing canopy walkways in Peru, Nigeria, Madagascar, Ghana, Brazil, Guyana, the United Kingdon, and Canada. Rhett Butler