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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Iwokrama has received funding from the German Government under the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) implemented Caribbean Aqua-Terrestrial Solutions Programme to enable the Iwokrama Centre to achieve Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certification of the Iwokrama Forest and its sustainable timber operations. The grant supports various key aspects of FSC compliance activities including institutional strengthening, […]
In the News 22nd March 2015
Staying at Iwokrama Contributes to Rainforest Sustainability Ecotourism is one of the important components of Iwokrama’s strategy for financial self sufficiency. Your visit to Iwokrama directly contributes to the communities in and surrounding the Iwokrama forest. Tourism here supports the development of an eco-friendly sustainable model which is being shared locally, nationally and internationally. For […]
In the News 14th July 2014
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