Protecting the nature we all rely on for food, fresh water and livelihoods

Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo

Guyana

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The North Rupununi Wetlands includes the waters of two of South America’s largest rivers: the Amazon and the Essequibo. The wetlands support 65 percent of wildlife species found nationally. These include healthy populations of endangered species, such as the giant river turtle, giant otters and black caiman. The wetlands are also home to several Indigenous Macushi communities, which rely heavily on the resources for their sustenance, culture and livelihoods.

 

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