Iwokrama International Center for Rain Forest Conservation and Development

Region

Americas

Country

Guyana

Flyway

Americas flyway

Initiative

WLI Americas

Iwokrama Cabins

Iwokrama Cabins

About

Name of organisation

Iwokrama International Center for Rain Forest Conservation and Development

Funding support

Various, Norad, EU at the moment, self generation via business

Number of staff

33

Number of visitors per year

1000+

Overall aims of the centre

To promote the conservation and the sustainable and equitable use of tropical rain forests in a manner that will lead to lasting ecological, economic and social benefits to the people of Guyana and to the world in general, by undertaking research, training, and the development and dissemination of technologies.

Description of the centre

71,000 hectares ( nearly 1 million acres), over 1000 visitors annually (tourists, students, project related), Central Guyana, over 1200 species of plants, 471 bird species, 142 mammals, 81 species reptiles, Amphibians 56 species, Fish 134 species. Iwokrama also has unique partnershop with 16 Indigenous communities (Macushi) and we work via the North Rupununi District Development Board (NRDDB) where all the village leaders are a part of. Iwokrama has a Collaborative Management Agreement with the NRDDB which also ensures that the communties have a say about the mangement of the Iwokrama Forest

Work Areas

Main CEPA work area

Iwokrama is considered part of the North Rupununi Wetland which

Canopy walkway

Canopy walkway

is hugely important as the Rupununi Savannahs flood annually and there is mixing of the Guianan sheild and amazonian ecosystems making the area very diverse in fauna especially birds and fish. A big part of iwokrama is capacity building – via Wildlife clubs, Ranger Training, Tour Guide /Tourism Training, Collaborative Natural Resource Mangement etc

Top three successes

1. Capacity building with communities via our wildlife clubs and training programmes including on the job training. We have seen our training translated into conservation leadership where these kids are now playing active roles in projects including as project managers, researchers, film making etc.

2. Several staff of Iwokrama have become leaders of their villages and also are on Village Counsels.

3.Testing models in business development in a bid to become self sufficient for core activities

Top three challenges

Less successful projects always have good lessons. Projects are often more successful if it comes from the people and they are part of the development. It is also more likely to be successful if they are also part of the management structure of project implementation.

To see a map of the Centre, please click here.

Expertise

Interpretation techniques

Creating signage; site information; Producing written materials; Using audio-visual tools

Visitor centres

Setting up a new visitor centre; Running a visitor centre

Participation

Engaging young people; Working with volunteers

Education and communication

Early years education; Delivering adult education; Working with primary schools;  Working with secondary schools

General

Running effective administration; Health and safety; Fund-raising

Contact

Dr Raquel Thomas-Caesar, rthomas@iwokrama.org

Tel: (592) 225 1504

Website address:

www.iwokrama.org

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