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The Tropenbos-Guyana programme (TGP) carries out multi-disciplinary research with the objective of developing guidelines for sustainable forest management and conservation. Its activities started in 1989. A large number of partners from within and outside Guyana contribute to a varied and multi-faceted programme, straddling disciplines like biology, physical geography and anthropology. Geographically, the TGP focuses on the Mabura Hill area in central Guyana and the Northwest Region of Guyana. From its onset, the TGP has had a strong focus on the exploitation of timber, particularly Greenheart (Chlorocardium rodiei) and its consequences on water, nutrients, plants and animals. More recently, the relationship between Amerindian communities and the forest, and the consequences of logging and mining on their livelihood has become a major additional focus on the TGP.

Guyana is largely covered with tropical rain forest. These rain forests encompass a high and unique biodiversity and several tree species are economically interesting for timber exploitation. The Guyanese government aims at exploiting these resources while preserving the majority of the biodiversity. This should be achieved by adapted logging, sound forest management as well as establishing a National Protected Area System. The Tropenbos-Guyana programme aims at generating and disseminating knowledge and methodologies to support these objectives. During the last 10 years the programme completed several ecological studies on population biology and growth of tree species, water and nutrient budgets in the forest and the flora and soil types of the study are well documented. The mechanisms determining the dynamics in tree species diversity in logged forest as well as in (isolated) protected areas are subject of a research project. It is executed by Utrecht University through the Tropenbos Guyana Programme (TGP) and co-funded by the Dutch Science Foundation (programme Biodiversity in disturbed ecosystems) and the European Community.


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