Guyana is proud to be a part of the rich heritage of the Guiana Shield countries. The diversity of our ecosystems, the richness and depth of our pristine forests, the majestic waterfalls, rivers and all the invaluable faunal species constitute Guyana’s national patrimony. The nurturing and protection of our biodiversity is a priority of my Government, and as such efforts by civil society groups like the GSBE which promote the preservation and wise management of this gift must be lauded.
The Government of Guyana pledges its support to ensure the successful hosting of the IV International Congress on Biodiversity of the Guiana Shield providentially planned for 2016 in the year of Guyana’s highly anticipated 50th Anniversary. It is a time for us to recognise and appreciate our natural wealth and ensure that its sustainable use benefits all Guyanese and the world at large.