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.