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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.


  • Implemented a survey to assess public awareness about wildlife regulations;
  • Continued implementing the fisheries management plan with river patrols and first fish stock assessment;
  • The Rupununi Livestock Producers association supplied 1500 chicks to 11 farmers (3 females and 8 males) and 4220 kg of feed in October 2020;
  • Three people from the SWM Site in Guyana completed a behaviour change training;
  • Reduced the consumption of vulnerable wildlife species and supported the consumption of locally grown chicken.


Map of the SWM  activities in Guyana
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