The Iwokrama International Centre for Rain Forest Conservation and Development is responsible for the management of almost one million acres of tropical forest that was gifted to the world by the Government of Guyana to demonstrate its commitment to climate change mitigation and sustainable forest management.
Iwokrama is in the centre of one of the four last remaining intact tropical forest ecosytems in the world, the Guiana Shield, and is a national laboratory for sustainable forest management. Iwokrama also represents an important transition zone in rainfall, landforms, human histories and biological communities.
Under the theme “Forests and Energy”, this year’s global celebration of forests provides a platform to raise awareness of the importance of all types of woodlands and trees and celebrate the ways in which the forests sustain and protect us by highlighting the importance of wood energy in improving people’s lives and powering sustainable development and mitigating climate change.
International Day of Forests was established on the 21st day of March, by resolution of the United Nations General Assembly on November 28, 2012.
An estimated 45 percent of all global renewable energy of the world is provided by wood (27 percent of total primary energy supply in Africa, 13 percent in Latin America and the Caribbean and 5 percent in Asia and Oceania).
The Iwokrama forest has an array of diverse forest types which supports a fantastic array of biodiversity. Iwokrama’s business development also includes tourism, training services and an FSC certified sustainable forestry operation. As we look towards enhancing our road towards the Green Economy, it must be recognized that sustainable forest management linked with technological and other innovations are key to increasing the role of forests as a major source of renewable energy.
Iwokrama joins the world in celebrating this momentous occasion and achievement and urge everyone to do your part in protecting our forest and its resources.