History And major Achievements
 
 
​Conservation International Foundation Guyana Inc. (CI-Guyana) was registered as a 
not-for-profit company in January 1996.  Prior to this Conservation International 
Foundation (CI)  had worked in Guyana on efforts at species conservation and supporting 
the establishment of a national system of protected areas. 
In 2002 CI-Guyana cemented its commitment to supporting sustainable development and
 conservation of biodiversity in Guyana when a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was
 signed with Government.  This MOU defined the scope of CI-Guyana’s work through the 
years in development of land management models (protected areas, indigenous and community 
owned lands and conservation concessions), capacity building, awareness building, and 
conservation and environmental policy and planning. 
CI-Guyana has thus far concentrated most of its site level efforts in the Rupununi region 
in Southwestern Guyana. In the Rupununi we have focused mainly on consolidation of 
conservation actions in three sites – the Upper Essequibo Conservation Concession (UECC), 
Kanuku Mountain ​Protected Area (KMPA) and the Konashen Community Owned Conservation Area 
(K-COCA) – with indigenous and local communities, and government as our main partners.