The Prince of Wales to continue as Patron of the Iwokrama International Centre (IIC)
Georgetown/London, 15th July 2010 – His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales will be Patron of the Iwokrama International Centre (IIC) for another five years to support further the Centre’s work to advance sustainable rainforest management.
First becoming the IIC’s Patron in 2000 and renewing his commitment in 2005, The Prince of Wales has been a strong supporter of Iwokrama’s work to develop modern rainforest conservation practices and new approaches to valuing the ecosystem services which tropical forests generate for the benefit of mankind.
The Chairman of the Iwokrama Board of Trustees, Edward Glover, warmly welcomed HRH’s ongoing support.
He said:“The Iwokrama International Centre, its communities and its trustees greatly value this excellent and most welcome news. Our model is intended to contribute to saving rainforests by delivering not only climate protection and environmental balance but also real opportunities for poverty reduction and wealth creation, particularly for communities whose livelihoods depend directly on these forests. The Prince of Wales’s strong personal support and continued commitment means so much to all of us at Iwokrama.”
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Commonwealth Secretary General
I am particularly pleased to see that the Iwokrama International Rainforest Centre has given such careful thought to ways of bringing people, science and business together to solve the challenges of rainforest management and climate change. As we begin our planning to celebrate the 2010 Commonwealth Day theme “Science, Technology and Society”, the experience of Iwokrama has much to offer the world.
Earlier this year I was fortunate enough to see for myself the Iwokrama team’s continuing work and it seems to me that they bring four key elements to the Commonwealth’s sustainability agenda:
- the development of new models of best practice for sustainable management of the world’s remaining rainforests;
- a challenging and progressive programme of research into the consequences of climate change at several scales;
- a greater understanding of the ecological services that rainforests offer to humanity; and
- greater recognition and enhancement of benefits for local communities whose livelihoods depend on these unique assets
- I admire and warmly welcome the Iwokrama vision. The Centre and its team have the Commonwealth’s full support as they work to unlock nature’s secrets and find new ways to build a sustainable future for us all.
President of Guyana
We in Guyana applaud the progress the Iwokrama International Centre has made over the past twelve months.
Its new financial stability, its new science programme – with its emphasis on climate change impacts – and its evaluation of the contribution of eco-system services to the Iwokrama forest and the well-being of local communities have all given the Centre a new direction and profile of great relevance and assistance to my Government’s initiative for the creation of a low carbon economy.
We look forward to the IIC’s continuing work in 2009.
H. E. Bharrat Jagdeo
President of Guyana