Guyana: Gibson and Anita Caesar: Keepers of the Rainforests – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Gibson and Anita Caesar: Keepers of the Rainforests

– By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Guyana’s Rain-forest and river

The rainforests are a powerhouse of diversity. They contain more than half of the animal and plant species on the planet. Many of the medicines that we use today are from plants in the rainforests. Food sources are to be found in the forests as well and we are reminded in the popular media that the rainforests are the ‘lungs of the world.’

This means that they store about 20 per cent of the world’s oxygen. But they also absorb a great portion of the man-made carbon dioxide emissions.   

Rainforests are vibrant with plant and animal life but what make them special are the peoples that inhabit this fascinating world. It is estimated that there are about 50 million people that live in the rainforests of the world. This is not a huge number when one considers that thousands of natives have been decimated due to the constant encroachment of outsiders.

Read`more: Gibson and Anita Caesar: Keepers of the Rainforests

 

NOVEMBER is TOURISM AWARENESS MONTH in GUYANA

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