Category Archives: Birds and animals

CONSERVATION: Iwokrama – a sanctuary to be proud of – By Dave Martins

By Dave Martins – Stabroek News – September 13, 2020

It may seem a little over the top to say “sanctuary”, but in fact it’s not…that is precisely what Iwokrama is, embedded in the very centre of Guyana, like a navel, but of course a huge one of many miles.  The actual name is “Iwokrama International Centre for Rain Forest Conservation and Development” and it is an entity to make us all proud for the sanctuary it truly is for our environment, and proud also for the efficient, professional way the Centre goes about its resolve of preservation and of continuance.

It shows up in many ways and for me, a fine example is the series of three booklets, or Guides to Iwokrama, as they are labelled, each of them professionally designed and printed in a four-colour display that is a joy to peruse.  There are three booklets (there may well be more in the works) and they are labelled GUIDES, with each booklet focusing on a particular subject…    Continue reading

Commentary: Guyana: The Hinterland – By Dave Martins

I have to declare that in the midst of all the high-tech life we’re enmeshed in these days, right in the very heart of it, like sitting in an airport lounge in North America recently, my mind, seemingly on its own, will take charge of me, like a tap on the shoulder, and send me back to some crystal clear memory (I’ve mentioned some of them before) that  ends up slowing me for a few minutes, literally not moving, reliving what once was, photographs of life in some reservoir somewhere, some of them very old, but all of them crystal clear and sometimes suggesting music.

One of them goes back to the time when the Martins family lived at Vreed-en-Hoop (I was going to school at Saints on a scholarship) and we would spend a good portion of the August school break at my father’s farm in the Pomeroon, about two miles downriver from Charity.        Continue reading

Guyana: Geography: The Savanna Region – Part 4 of 4

The Savanna Region – Geography of Guyana – Part 4 of 4
–A Documentary …. by Lal Balkaran
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This is the fourth and final documentary on the Geography of Guyana in text and pictures that focusses on the fourth natural region known as the Savanna Region. It is over 25 minutes of viewing and consists of six maps, over 200 lines of text, and almost 100 photographs, the majority of which are stunning. The documentary profiles and captures the way to look at this region – both physical, political, economic, cultural, and human.          Continue reading

Guyana: Geography: Highland or Forest Region – Part 3 of 4

A Documentary by Lal Balkaran  – Part 3 of 4

It is the third of a four-part documentary on the Geography of Guyana in text and pictures that focusses on the third natural region known as the Highland or Forest Region. It is close to 24 minutes of viewing and consists of over 200 lines of text, almost 70 photographs, some of which are indeed stunning and taken by the author himself, and eight maps. The documentary profiles and captures the way to look at this region – both physical, political, economic, cultural, and human.

Included in the documentary are photos of the forest itself, major waterfalls, mountains, rivers, minerals, and the 547-km Georgetown-Lethem Road.

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Commentary: Different places, different traces – By Dave Martins + Music video

Stabroek News- By Dave Martins 

One of the benefits of my life as professional musician for over 65 years is that I’ve seen many different countries, some of which I have lived in, during my time – starting with Guyana, where I lived on the West Demerara, first at Hague, my birth place, then Vreed-en-Hoop, where the family moved when I was going to school in town – first at Sacred Heart High School on Main Street and then St. Stanislaus College on Brickdam.

After graduating from Saints and getting a job with B. G. Airways, I then lived at Atkinson Field with my eldest sister Theresa’s family (she was married to Joe Gonsalves) before migrating to Canada in 1955, where I joined my mother and three other sisters in Toronto (they had migrated earlier).        Continue reading

Guyana Tourism: A trip to Moraikobai, Guyana – Webinar – July 9, 2020 @ 2.00 pm EDT

Join us for our webinar

A trip to Moraikobai, Guyana

Thursday, July 9th 2020 @ 2 pm EDT

As a destinationGuyana prides itself in its Community-Led and Owned Tourism (CLOT). In this webinar, we are going to focus on some of the newer, more rustic, experiences that are currently being developed in Guyana. We will start with the Indigenous Community run village of Moraikobai. The quiet location provides guests with encounters of some of Guyana’s most renowned wildlife. The best part? A visit to the village can be done on a day trip from the capital city of Georgetown.

Join us to find out more about why you should take a trip to Moraikobai on your next visit to Guyana!  

We look forward to having you!

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Guyana: Tourism recovery after COVID-19 – By Annette Arjoon-Martins

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On certain occasions, I use the space in this column to deal with a pressing subject using the expertise of someone proficient in that field.  Today, as we contemplate what Guyana will be like after COVID-19, the column presents the viewpoint of my wife, Annette Arjoon-Martins, knowledgeable in matters of travel and the environment in Guyana.

By Annette Arjoon-Martins

Guyana’s tourism product is largely dependent on international visitations so the international travel ban for COVID-19 has hit the industry really hard, virtually bringing that sector to a halt.

There are realities here facing us.  Our major tourism attractions are mostly located in the deep hinterland, where road connectivity is not in place, and even in the limited locations where they exist they are always at the mercy of inclement weather.          Continue reading

Guyana: Environmental Matters on Valentine’s Day – By Dave Martins

Guyana’s recent Valentine’s Day hoopla reminded me of my first encounter with my Valentine’s lady Annette Arjoon Martins, known to Guyanese for her conservationist work.  I had come to Guyana to be the guest speaker at the Tourism Hospitality Association of Guyana annual dinner at the Pegasus and ended up bowled over by another invitee to the function who was showing photographs of her trip through the Rupununi.

The photos were mostly of places I had heard of but never seen, and I was particularly impressed by the wide knowledge of the photographer and her very professional commentary. I enquired about her and that was the first time I heard the name Annette Arjoon.            Continue reading

Guyana Tourism Authority Feature – Mapari Wilderness Camp

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FEATURED ITINERARY — A 6-DAY MAPARI EXPEDITION

This short, custom-built 6-day trip is perfect for those with limited amount of time wishing to get into the Kanuku Mountains Protected Area. You will enjoy all the pleasures of the remote, pristine Mapari Wilderness Camp, a hammock camp overlooking a small waterfall. Includes a final night at the Caiman House.

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Mapari Wilderness Camp is not your typical lodge. It is a remote and rarely visited place where wildlife presents themselves at every turn. Mapari is a hammock camp overlooking a small waterfall within the Kanuku Mountain Range. The mountains are in the southern half of Guyana and divide the Rupununi into northern and southern savannahs. In other words, it’s out there.            Continue reading

China is imposing tough measures to contain the Wuhan coronavirus – The Economist

A city in lockdown  —–  Almost all Chinese provinces now have confirmed cases

Editor’s note (January 27th): Some numbers in this article have been updated since publication.

IT IS THE third day of the Chinese new year, a time when families would normally still be celebrating. But Zhang Fang (not her real name) is keeping herself isolated in her bedroom. She probably has a mild infection typical of the season, but is not taking risks. Ms Zhang, a marketing manager in her 20s, lives with her husband and her in-laws in a central district of Wuhan, the Chinese city first affected by a newly identified coronavirus that has been causing global alarm.

Wuhan, a city of 11m people, has been in lockdown since January 23rd.        Continue reading