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1 Iwokrama International Centre Iwokrama Centre for International Rain Forest Conservation and Development Guyana, South America Iwokrama Centre for International Rain Forest Conservation and Development Guyana, South America

2 Iwokrama International Centre T o 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. IWOKRAMAS MISSION STATEMENT :

3 Iwokrama International Centre About Iwokrama ……. Makushi (local tribe) word meaning place of refuge Makushi (local tribe) word meaning place of refuge A gift from Guyana to the International Community in 1989 A gift from Guyana to the International Community in 1989 Iwokrama International Centre was formed in 1996 Iwokrama International Centre was formed in M acres (371,000 ha): 1M acres (371,000 ha): 50% Wilderness Preserve (WP)50% Wilderness Preserve (WP) 50% Sustainable Utilization Area (SUA)50% Sustainable Utilization Area (SUA) Management of the area is under the direct control of the Chief Executive Officer who reports to the Iwokrama International Board of Trustees Management of the area is under the direct control of the Chief Executive Officer who reports to the Iwokrama International Board of Trustees Government of Guyana has representatives on the board Government of Guyana has representatives on the board

4 Iwokrama International Centre An international effort……. HRH Prince of Wales: Patron

5 Iwokrama International CentreGUYANA IWOKRAMA RESERVE…..the Green Heart of Guyana IWOKRAMA RESERVE…..the Green Heart of Guyana IWOKRAMA INTERNATIONAL CENTRE

6 Iwokrama International Centre The Iwokrama Reserve

7 Iwokrama International Centre Core work programmes: Conservation and use of forests and biodiversityConservation and use of forests and biodiversity Business developmentBusiness development Sustainable timber Sustainable timber Sustainable tourism Sustainable tourism Training and consultancy services Training and consultancy services Intellectual property and services Intellectual property and services Human resource developmentHuman resource development

8 Iwokrama International Centre Business Development Timber Timber Tourism Tourism Training Services Training Services Intellectual Property and Services Intellectual Property and Services Commercial Partners: Tigerwood Guyana Inc - Timber Tigerwood Guyana Inc - Timber Community and Tourism Services Inc - Tourism Community and Tourism Services Inc - Tourism KfW - Training C KfW - Training C

9 Iwokrama International Centre Iwokrama River Lodge and Science Centre

10 Iwokrama International Centre Timber SFM timber model which follows environmental, social and economic best practices SFM timber model which follows environmental, social and economic best practices Innovative Governance models - Private Sector / Iwokrama /Communities Innovative Governance models - Private Sector / Iwokrama /Communities FSC Certification FSC Certification No log export policy adopted No log export policy adopted

11 Iwokrama International Centre Sustainable Ecotourism Birding - Recently, Iwokrama was highly praised by an independent USAID report which said that Iwokrama is one of the most, if not the single most important site for birding and nature tourism in Guyana. Birding - Recently, Iwokrama was highly praised by an independent USAID report which said that Iwokrama is one of the most, if not the single most important site for birding and nature tourism in Guyana. Canopy walkway Canopy walkway Turtle Mountain Turtle Mountain Hiking Hiking Caiman spotting Caiman spotting 1,450 visitors in 2007 up 1,450 visitors in 2007 up from 760 in 2006

12 Iwokrama International Centre Community Relations Collaborative Management Agreements Collaborative Management Agreements Training / Capacity building programmes Training / Capacity building programmes Benefits sharing arrangements Benefits sharing arrangements Innovative governance models Innovative governance models Employment – 96 % of staff from local communities Employment – 96 % of staff from local communities

13 Iwokrama International Centre Training Services Full training facilities Full training facilities Ranger training Ranger training Guide training, Guide training, Protected area management Protected area management Collaborative management. Collaborative management. Other specialized training courses Other specialized training courses PDF Programmes PDF Programmes

14 Iwokrama International Centre Intellectual Property & Services EU GSI project – IUCN EU GSI project – IUCN Environmental services Environmental services Merchandising and value adding Merchandising and value adding

15 Iwokrama International Centre Ecosystem Services Rainforests are giant global utilities providing water, pollination, soil erosion prevention, recreation etc – important to climate regulation and agriculture (food security) – important services to humanity. Rainforests are giant global utilities providing water, pollination, soil erosion prevention, recreation etc – important to climate regulation and agriculture (food security) – important services to humanity. Values have mostly not been recognised, valuation systems not perfected and markets not developed Values have mostly not been recognised, valuation systems not perfected and markets not developed ESS add value to existing forest values – timber, NTFPs etc and reinforces the value of standing rainforests ESS add value to existing forest values – timber, NTFPs etc and reinforces the value of standing rainforests More important to the developing world which have characteristics of high forest cover, low population and economic challenges thus putting immense pressure on these governments to monetize forest resources through the sale of traditional forest values such as timber often leading to forest degradation More important to the developing world which have characteristics of high forest cover, low population and economic challenges thus putting immense pressure on these governments to monetize forest resources through the sale of traditional forest values such as timber often leading to forest degradation

16 Iwokrama International Centre Iwokrama / Canopy Capital Deal Partner: Canopy Capital of the UK Partner: Canopy Capital of the UK Launched at the worlds first Finance and Biodiversity Conference in New York on the 27 th - 28 th March, Launched at the worlds first Finance and Biodiversity Conference in New York on the 27 th - 28 th March, Not an emissions based arrangement as Iwokrama is already a protected area and would not qualify Not an emissions based arrangement as Iwokrama is already a protected area and would not qualify Innovative agreement between private sector and NGO involved in sustainable development in an attempt to show that you can use a forest with out losing it through valuation creation using ESS Innovative agreement between private sector and NGO involved in sustainable development in an attempt to show that you can use a forest with out losing it through valuation creation using ESS Two-staged process – a) identification and valuation of ESS b) commercialization and market development Two-staged process – a) identification and valuation of ESS b) commercialization and market development

17 Iwokrama International Centre Basic tenets of the agreement 5 year agreement 5 year agreement Gives Canopy Capital a license to market ESS in the Iwokrama Forest over the period in order to explore sources of international funding Gives Canopy Capital a license to market ESS in the Iwokrama Forest over the period in order to explore sources of international funding Provides payments to the Iwokrama Centre for this license Provides payments to the Iwokrama Centre for this license Contains adequate termination clauses to protect both parties Contains adequate termination clauses to protect both parties Centre has the right of veto for which types of ESS can be marketed Centre has the right of veto for which types of ESS can be marketed Does not include the transfer of rights or ownership to any part of the Iwokrama Forest Does not include the transfer of rights or ownership to any part of the Iwokrama Forest Contains clauses which ensure a fair share of benefits so that all parties including local communities get a fair share of the proceeds of any commercial earnings Contains clauses which ensure a fair share of benefits so that all parties including local communities get a fair share of the proceeds of any commercial earnings All activities have to fall within the confines of the Iwokrama Act All activities have to fall within the confines of the Iwokrama Act Fits within the framework of the Guyana Government with whom we continue to work closely with in this regard Fits within the framework of the Guyana Government with whom we continue to work closely with in this regard

18 Iwokrama International Centre Iwokrama as the testbed…. Iwokrama Forest Zoned into Sustainable Utilization Area (SUA) and Wilderness Preserve (WP) Iwokrama Forest Zoned into Sustainable Utilization Area (SUA) and Wilderness Preserve (WP) Iwokrama Forest FSC certified – indicating operations which follow social, environmental and economic best practices, the only institution in the Guyana shield to have achieved this status Iwokrama Forest FSC certified – indicating operations which follow social, environmental and economic best practices, the only institution in the Guyana shield to have achieved this status Iwokrama already involved in model development of timber tourism and training businesses including innovative governance models Iwokrama already involved in model development of timber tourism and training businesses including innovative governance models Traditional forest resources mapped Traditional forest resources mapped Management plans / inventories developed for traditional resources Management plans / inventories developed for traditional resources Monitoring protocols in place Monitoring protocols in place History of research activities History of research activities Local communities involved in all facets of Iwokramas work Local communities involved in all facets of Iwokramas work

19 Iwokrama International Centre Stage 1: Identification of ESS Research into various ESS – water, pollination, soil erosion protection etc contained in the Iwokrama Forest. Research into various ESS – water, pollination, soil erosion protection etc contained in the Iwokrama Forest. Measuring services: water – rainfall attraction, water stored in the forest, run off into the rivers etc Measuring services: water – rainfall attraction, water stored in the forest, run off into the rivers etc Determining economic values of these services Determining economic values of these services

20 Iwokrama International Centre Stage 2: Commercialization Fitting into any national framework / policy governing these services Fitting into any national framework / policy governing these services Developing market mechanisms to ensure that resource / service providers / owners are compensated by beneficiaries of these services Developing market mechanisms to ensure that resource / service providers / owners are compensated by beneficiaries of these services Ensuring that forest peoples / local communities and other stakeholders share equitably in the benefits Ensuring that forest peoples / local communities and other stakeholders share equitably in the benefits

21 Iwokrama International Centre Major challenges Getting people / companies / countries to pay for another service in a declining world economy where resources are already over-committed to offset rising fuel prices, fight poverty, mitigate natural disasters, combat terrorism and deal with the effects of civil wars Getting people / companies / countries to pay for another service in a declining world economy where resources are already over-committed to offset rising fuel prices, fight poverty, mitigate natural disasters, combat terrorism and deal with the effects of civil wars Convincing owners of forest resources that over the short to medium terms ESS could be a viable alternative to revenues derived from extractive operations Convincing owners of forest resources that over the short to medium terms ESS could be a viable alternative to revenues derived from extractive operations Developing appropriate valuation models for services, some of which are intangible Developing appropriate valuation models for services, some of which are intangible Developing innovative financial models such as green bonds to help finance PES Developing innovative financial models such as green bonds to help finance PES

22 Iwokrama International Centre Benefits International – model of increasing the value of and revenues from standing forests thus leading to reduced deforestation and mitigating the effects of climate change and the development of innovative financial mechanisms to fund such efforts International – model of increasing the value of and revenues from standing forests thus leading to reduced deforestation and mitigating the effects of climate change and the development of innovative financial mechanisms to fund such efforts National – Economic development for Guyana whilst still maintaining its 78 % (16M ha) forest cover, economic benefits for forest peoples / local communities National – Economic development for Guyana whilst still maintaining its 78 % (16M ha) forest cover, economic benefits for forest peoples / local communities Iwokrama – provides direct economic benefits to the Centre to continue its important work in conservation and sustainable development Iwokrama – provides direct economic benefits to the Centre to continue its important work in conservation and sustainable development

23 Iwokrama International Centre To learn more about us……. Visit our website Visit our website Visit the Iwokrama Forest Visit the Iwokrama Forest Contact me at: Contact me at: Dane Gobin BSc MBA Chief Executive Officer Iwokrama international Centre 77 High Street, Kingston Georgetown 77 High Street, Kingston Georgetown Tel: Fax:


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