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The Rupununi Savannah is teeming with wildlife, including a large variety of bird species. Fish and wildlife are an integral part of the indigenous culture and diet. Traditional hunting and fishing practices are still common, despite the availability of beef and imported chicken. On the Coast of Guyana, wild meat and fish from the interior, including the Rupununi, are available for sale in local markets, restaurants and private homes.

Threats to the Rupununi’s rich biodiversity are increasing as the area becomes more accessible and new economic activities take off. The SWM project in Guyana is encouraging coordinated community-driven initiatives that support food security and traditional livelihoods. These will contribute to maintaining healthy fish and terrestrial wildlife populations. It is being implemented by the Guyana Wildlife Conservation and Management Commission in coordination with CIFOR.


  • Continued implementing the North Rupununi regional fisheries management plan, including fish consumption surveys and river patrols;
  • Supported a turtle conservation project;
  • Finalized the first comprehensive wildlife assessment with camera traps for the Rupununi region;
  • Developed wildlife use guidelines in 4 pilot communities;
  • Implemented environmental education plans;
  • Provided technical support to chicken and beef farmers;
  • Designed questionnaires to measure the impacts of the pandemic on wildlife use.


Map of the SWM activities in Guyana
The boundaries and names shown and the designations used on this map do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of FAO concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers and boundaries.



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