Welcome to the Iwokrama International Centre for Rainforest Conservation and Development (IIC)
The IIC is an international not-for-profit organisation, governed by an International Board of Trustees and managed by a professional team of around seventy permanent staff in Georgetown and at the Iwokrama River Lodge and Research Centre at Kurupukari. The IIC’s Patron is HRH The Prince of Wales.
The Iwokrama International Centre (IIC) was established in 1996 under a joint mandate from the Government of Guyana and the Commonwealth Secretariat to manage the Iwokrama forest, a unique reserve of 371,000 hectares of rainforest, “in a manner that will lead to lasting ecological, economic and social benefits to the people of Guyana and to the world in general”.
The Iwokrama forest and its research centre are unique, providing a dedicated site in which to test the concept of a truly sustainable forest – where conservation, environmental balance and economic use can be mutually reinforcing. Drawing on its earlier work in sustainable forest management, the IIC is now, in close collaboration with the Government of Guyana, the Commonwealth and other international partners including the UK company Canopy Capital, developing a new approach to enable countries with rainforests to earn significant income from eco-system services and creative conservation practice.
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In the news 14th July 2014
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In the news 29th April 2014
A workshop to streamline support in the countries of the Guiana Shield for achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets will be held at the Iwokrama River Lodge and Research Centre, Kurupukari, during May 21-23, 2014. The Guiana Shield (area: 2.7 million km2; population: 8 million) is a unique and very special part of our planet, […]