Amerindians in the Northwest district of Guyana
Several projects address Amerindian livelihood strategies and resource use in the Northwest
District of Guyana. Traditional use of non-timber forest products is extensive and diverse, and
represents a significant contribution to the local economies. The advent of large-scale logging,
palm heart collection and gold mining in the area represent significant challenges to the way
Amerindians cope with reality. The same industries provide previous non-existent employment
opportunities. Integrated ethno-biological, anthropological and socio-economical research provides
insight in these processes.