An area of forest 4.1 times the size of London has been submitted to the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy by Guyana.
The 648,567.2 hectares of undisturbed rainforest is the second largest land submission, after Canada, to the flagship programme in the Queen’s name.
The programme brings together the 53 countries of the Commonwealth family and aims to raise awareness and save the world’s most important natural habitats – forests.
Guyana’s Kanashen Amerindian Protected area is situated in the south of the small South American country, which has a population of just over 750,000 and a land mass the size of England and Scotland combined.
Home to the Indigenous Wai Wai people it is one of the largest Protected Areas in Guyana and is part of the High Biodiversity Wilderness Area of Amazonia and a key part of the Guiana Shield Corridor.
Guyana’s High Commissioner, His Excellency Hamley Case, is pleased to support this project as part of the QCC initiative.
“I take Guyana’s role as the ‘lungs of the earth’ very seriously and so does my government,” he said. “In 1989 at CHOGM in Malaysia, Guyana offered nearly one million acres (371,000 hectares) of pristine Guiana Shield rainforest (a land area bigger than Malta, the Maldives and Montserrat) to the world as its contribution to the ‘lungs of the earth’.
“Since then the Government of Guyana and the Commonwealth Secretariat established Iwokrama International Centre for Rainforest Conservation and Development.”