Guyana rainforests receive money

Aerial View of Rainforest, Iwokrama Reserve. Photo: © Pete Oxford/iLCP.

Guyana, a country in South America has some of the most intact rainforest in the World. A new £8.5 million trust fund has been set up up to keep it that way.

  • The Guyanese government have teamed up with Germany and Conservation International (CI) in order to create a trust fund that will help conserve the countries’ protected areas.
  • “Guyana is globally recognized for its unique biodiversity and for having one of the lowest deforestation rates in the developing world,” Robert M. Persaud, Guyana’s Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment, said in a press release.
  • Guyana is home to a wide variety of impressive species such as the giant otter, jaguar, giant anteater and the giant leaf frog amongst its’ vast array of tropical birds and fish.
  • Currently, almost 9 percent of Guyana’s land is protected.
  • 76 percent of Guyana is covered by forest and astoundingly, over half of this is considered primary forest (forest that has seen little or no disturbance).

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