Conservation International Guyana has entered into a 30-year lease with the Government of Guyana for the establishment of a 200,000 acre Conservation Concession. The goal of the Upper Essequibo Conservation Concession is to promote conservation by securing a pristine biologically important habitat before it becomes subjected to development pressures.
The Kanuku Mountains are one of the last remaining tropical wilderness areas in the world and one of the most biologically rich areas in Guyana with over 350 species of birds, including the Harpy Eagle, as well as 80 percent of the mammalian species of Guyana including the Jaguar. The area is one of five sites identified in Guyana to become protected areas and one of the two priority sites.
Guyana's first Community Owned Conservation Area is now the largest protected area in the country and is managed exclusively by the Wai Wai indigenous group. This has effectively brought more than one million acres of rain-forest under sustainable management while ensuring the continued development of the group and their traditional way of life.