Iwokrama International Centre for Rainforest Conservation and Development

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Iwokrama International Centre for Rainforest Conservation and Development

"Iwokrama - the Iwokrama International Centre for Rainforest Conservation and Development (IIC) – was the result of offer made in 1989 by then President of Guyana, Desmond Hoyte, on the occasion of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Malaysia. This joint mandate between the Commonwealth and the Government of Guyana to manage Guyana’s Iwokrama Forest was successfully cemented in 1996 with the passing of the Iwokrama Act...

"The Board comprises fifteen Trustees. The President of Guyana and the Commonwealth Secretary-General appoint the Board Chairman. The Guyana Government appoints four Trustees, while the Commonwealth Secretariat appoints two. The President and the Commonwealth Secretary General select the remaining eight Trustees. There are currently ten Trustees. New appointments to the board are due shortly. His Royal Highness Charles, The Prince of Wales has been Patron for the last five years and recently agreed to remain for a further five years. The wider network of support and contacts available to partners of IIC is therefore exceptional in terms of diversity and expertise, both within Guyana and internationally." [1]

In 1993 they received a US$3 million grant from Global Environment Facility; in 1998 "US$10 million secured from International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), British Department for International Development (DFID), the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the European Commission."

Contributors & Partners

Accessed April 2009: [2]

  • Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia (USA)
  • Audubon Latin America and the National Audubon Society
  • British High Commission,
  • Calgary Zoo
  • Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA / ACDI)
  • Centre for International Forestry Research
  • Centre for the Study of Biological Diversity - University of Guyana
  • Columbus Zoo
  • Community and Tourism Services
  • Conservation International
  • Cropper Foundation
  • Darwin Initiative (UK Government)
  • Department for International Development, UK (DFID)
  • Environmental Protection Agency, Guyana
  • Shirley Felts
  • Fisheries Department of the Ministry of Fisheries, Crops and Livestock
  • Forestry Training Centre Inc.
  • Florida International University
  • Forest Producers Association
  • Gateway School, New York
  • Greenheart Conservation Company Ltd
  • Guyana Aquarium Traders
  • Guyana Broadcasting Corporation
  • Guyana Forestry Commission
  • Guyana Marine Turtle Conservation Society (GMTCS)
  • Guyana National Initiative for Forest Certification
  • Guyana National Museum
  • Guyana School of Agriculture
  • Guyana Zoological Park and Botanical Gardens
  • Guiana Shield Initiative
  • Guyana Tourism Authority
  • International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED),UK
  • International Tropical Timber Organisation (ITTO)
  • IUCN Netherlands
  • Imperial College (UK)
  • International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
  • International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
  • Jacksonville Zoo
  • Kaieteur National Park, Guyana
  • Karanambu Trust, Rupununi, Guyana
  • Ministry of Amerindian Affairs, Guyana
  • Ministry of Tourism and Industry, Guyana
  • National Parks Commission, Guyana
  • North Rupununi District Development Board
  • Open University (UK)
  • Partners of America
  • Philadelphia Zoo
  • Private Sector Commission, Guyana;
  • Ramsar Secretariat
  • Rock View Lodge
  • Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Royal Ontario Museum
  • Rupununi Restaurant, Maine
  • United Nations Development Programme
  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • University of Calgary (Canada)
  • University of Ernst-Moritz-Arndt (Germany)
  • University of Guyana
  • University of Manitoba (Canada)
  • University of Warwick
  • University of the West Indies
  • National Zoo (USA)
  • Wildlife Division, Office of the President, Guyana
  • Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust
  • WWF-Guiana Shield Programme


Web: http://www.iwokrama.org

Resources and articles

Related Sourcewatch articles


  1. About, Iwokrama, accessed April 19, 2009.
  2. Partners, Iwokrama, accessed April 19, 2009.