The Iwokrama International Centre for Rain Forest Conservation and Development (Iwokrama) is an autonomous non-profit institution established by Guyana and the Commonwealth through the donation of approximately 360,000 hectares (one million acres) of intact tropical rain forest by the Government and People of Guyana to the International Community.
The responsibility for management, conservation and sustainable development of this forest area (the Iwokrama Forest) has been entrusted to the Iwokrama International Centre, through the Iwokrama International Centre for Rain Forest Conservation and Development Act of 1996, and an Agreement between the Government of Guyana and the Commonwealth signed on November 9th 1995. The Centre is as an autonomous corporate body which is governed by an International Board Trustees.
Iwokrama is an international programme that is firmly grounded in the reality of people, who live in tropical forests and whose entire economies rest on the fate of their environment.
Iwokrama’s long term vision is that there will be a proliferation of successful forest management programmes across the world using Iwokrama blueprints for collaborative management and business models. Iwokrama set out to prove to the world that successful conservation comes through wise use, and that protection of tropical forests can be achieved through collaborative management with local communities. The successful conservation of rainforests requires that local people and national governments see financial benefits from sustainable use.
Iwokrama operates in close partnership with a series of local, national and international partners. The main partners for the Centre are the Government of Guyana, the Commonwealth Secretariat and the local communities in the North Rupununi through the North Rupununi District Development Board (NRDDB).
The complex set of activities required for Iwokrama to achieve its goals falls into seven programmes; at the heart of which is the development of sustainable businesses designed to foster and catalyze business models across different industry sectors. The second level is constituted of the three essential programmes required to promote the positive ecological, social and environmental benefits and manage the impacts of business activities (Forest Research, Community Development and Conservation & Monitoring). Finally, operational functions which include Operations & Finance, Fundraising and Marketing & Public Relations which are essential for the effective management of the whole organization.
Business Development activities will concentrate on developing and testing partnerships for:
• Sustainable Timber Harvesting
• Sustainable Tourism
• Training Services
• Intellectual Property and Services
"To promote the conservation and the sustainable and equitable use of tropical rain forests in a manner that will lead to lasting ecological, economic and social benefits to the people of Guyana and to the world in general, by undertaking research, training, and the development and dissemination of technologies.”
Registered as non-profit organization
The Iwokrama International Centre for Rain Forest Conservation and Development (Iwokrama) is an autonomous non-profit institution which is governed by the Iwokrama International Centre for Rain Forest Conservation and Development Act of 1996, and an Agreement between the Government of Guyana and the Commonwealth signed on November 9th 1995.
The Centre is as an autonomous corporate body which is governed by an International Board Trustees.
High St, Georgetown, Guyana
Current events and visiting opportunities
One of the most ecologically diverse regions in the world, the Forest is ideal for anyone from the serious ornithologist to the casual naturalist.
Iwokrama Canopy Walkway offers a unique experience in the jungle’s mid-level canopy through a series of suspension bridges and decks.
Visit the Iwokrama Head Office and meet with some of our staff to learn more about Iwokrama's mandate
Iwokrama is thrilled to offer the opportunity to see the elusive jaguar in their natural environment.
Explore one of the nearby wildlife trails near the Iwokrama River Lodge with an experienced Iwokrama Guide
Evening boat tours along the Essequibo River reveal Iwokrama’s dark side.