The North Rupununi Wetlands

The North Rupununi is an extraordinary natural area in southern Guyana that, for the last thirty years, has been isolated from the public eye. The North Rupununi extends from the Siparuni River to the Kanuku Mountains and from the Essequibo River to the Brazilian border.

The area was well known in the 19th and early 20th centuries, when it received visits from David Attenborough, Gerald Durrell, Evelyn Waugh and Charles Waterton; all of whom wrote eloquently of their experiences.The North Rupununi is today recognized again as an astonishing haven for wildlife. However, neighbouring Roraima State – with one of the fastest growing human populations in Brazil – now economically dwarfs the Rupununi. The recent upgrading of the Georgetown-Lethem road and completion of the Takutu Bridge opens new economic opportunities that may bring rapid change to the highly sensitive savannah, forest, and wetland ecosystems of the Rupununi.

[image source_type=”attachment_id” source_value=”75″ align=”center” width=”625″ height=”300″ lightbox=”false” title=”Copyright © 2013 Graham Watkins”]Over the coming years, it will be important to effectively marry development and conservation interests in the Rupununi to ensure culturally, socially and ecologically sustainable development that builds on the unique natural and social capital of the area. This will only be possible if all involved parties work together towards the same shared dream of the future; this web site is dedicated to helping people work together for such a Rupununi.

[framed_box rounded=”true”][image source_type=”attachment_id” source_value=”132″ align=”left” width=”150″ height=”150″ link=””]Graham Watkins, Pete Oxford and Renee Bish have finished their new book Rupununi: Rediscovering a Lost World describing the Rupununi in a similar format to their 2009 book, Both Sides of the Coin on the Galapagos Islands. It is available from Amazon.comConservation InternationalNHBS in the UK, and the Iwokrama Offices in Guyana. [button size=”small” bgColor=”#7b184f” link=”” align=”right” ]Learn More »[/button][/framed_box]

[icon_link style=”globe” href=”″ target=”_blank” color=”grey”]Guyana pledges to protect jaguars[/icon_link]
[icon_link style=”globe” href=”” target=”_blank” color=”grey”]Guyana launches conservation fund[/icon_link]
[icon_link style=”globe” href=”” target=”_blank” color=”grey”]Shell Beach gets protection[/icon_link]
[icon_link style=”globe” href=”” target=”_blank” color=”grey”]Kanuku Mountains is now a protected area[/icon_link]
[icon_link style=”globe” href=”URL” target=”_blank” color=”grey”]Protected area legislation for Guyana[/icon_link]
[icon_link style=”globe” href=”″ target=”_blank” color=”grey”]Prime Minister attends book launch and discussion on new biodiversity institute in Guyana[/icon_link]
[icon_link style=”globe” href=”” target=”_blank” color=”grey”]The Rupununi Book launched in Guyana[/icon_link]
[icon_link style=”globe” href=”” target=”_blank” color=”grey”]Little oil in the Rupununi – if any[/icon_link]
[icon_link style=”globe” href=”″ target=”_blank” color=”grey”]Rediscovering Rupununi – Huffington Post[/icon_link]
[icon_link style=”globe” href=”” target=”_blank” color=”grey”]Diane McTurk and exploring the interior of Guyana[/icon_link]
[icon_link style=”globe” href=”″ target=”_blank” color=”grey”]Amerindian peoples, Iwokrama, and Rupununi[/icon_link]
[icon_link style=”globe” href=”″ target=”_blank” color=”grey”]Oil production potential in Guyana[/icon_link]
[icon_link style=”globe” href=”” target=”_blank” color=”grey”]Rupununi begins harvesting rice[/icon_link]
[icon_link style=”globe” href=”” target=”_blank” color=”grey”]Muddy road molds debate on the future of Guyana[/icon_link]

Useful Links
[icon_link style=”link” href=”” target=”_blank” color=”gray”]Panthera[/icon_link]
[icon_link style=”link” href=”” target=”_blank” color=”gray”]Guyana Conservation Network[/icon_link]
[icon_link style=”link” href=”” target=”_blank” color=”gray”]Blog on the Rupununi[/icon_link]
[icon_link style=”link” href=”″ target=”_blank” color=”gray”]Guyana Naturally[/icon_link]
[icon_link style=”link” href=”” target=”_blank” color=”gray”]Iwokrama International Centre[/icon_link]
[icon_link style=”link” href=”” target=”_blank” color=”gray”]Guyana Birdwatching[/icon_link]
[icon_link style=”link” href=”” target=”_blank” color=”gray”]North Rupununi Community Site[/icon_link]
[icon_link style=”link” href=”” target=”_blank” color=”gray”]Caiman House[/icon_link]
[icon_link style=”link” href=”” target=”_blank” color=”gray”]Karanambu Lodge[/icon_link]
[icon_link style=”link” href=”” target=”_blank” color=”gray”]Rock View Lodge[/icon_link]
[icon_link style=”link” href=”” target=”_blank” color=”gray”]Maipaima EcoLodge[/icon_link]
[icon_link style=”link” href=”” target=”_blank” color=”gray”]Rewa EcoLodge[/icon_link]
[icon_link style=”link” href=”” target=”_blank” color=”gray”]Wilderness Explorers[/icon_link]
[icon_link style=”link” href=”” target=”_blank” color=”gray”]Surama EcoLodge[/icon_link]
[icon_link style=”link” href=”” target=”_blank” color=”gray”]Government of Guyana Low Carbon Development Strategy[/icon_link]

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