Press Release – Time to Place North Rupununi Wetlands Protection on the Front Burner

Release Date: March 29, 2018
North Rupununi District Development Board

The document discusses the concerns of North Rupununi communities regarding the potential environmental impact of a proposed reservoir construction by the IDB-funded Sustainable Agricultural Development Program. It highlights the lack of meaningful consultation with key stakeholders, the ecological significance of the Rupununi wetlands, and the urgent need for its protection and recognition as a RAMSAR site. The document calls for government action to address these issues, emphasizing the importance of wetlands for biodiversity, ecosystem services, and the livelihoods of over 8000 indigenous residents. It also criticizes the government for not moving beyond verbal support to implement sustainable solutions proposed by the indigenous people.
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