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Wetlands in Guyana

Wetlands in Guyana

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WETLANDS IN GUYANA One of the largest wetlands in Guyana is the North Rupununi, which covers 22,000 hectares of periodically flooded savannah and forest. These wetlands are dominated by the Rupununi, Rewa, and Essequibo Rivers, and include over 750 lakes, ponds and inlets. Over 400 species of fish have been recorded in the area. This is the highest fish diversity in the world for areas of similar size. The wetlands are also home to the Guyana¶s endangered giants, the Arapaima (Arapaima gigas), G
WETLANDS IN GUYANA One of the largest wetlands in Guyana is the North Rupununi, which covers 22,000 hectares of periodically flooded savannah and forest. These wetlands are dominated by the Rupununi, Rewa, and Essequibo Rivers, and include over 750 lakes, ponds and inlets. Over 400 species of fish have been recorded in the area. This is the highest fish diversity in the world for areas of similar size. The wetlands are also home to the Guyana¶s endangered giants, the Arapaima (Arapaima gigas), G

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WETLANDS IN GUYANA
One of the largest wetlands in Guyana is the North Rupununi, which covers 22,000 hectaresof periodically flooded savannah and forest. These wetlands are dominated by the Rupununi,Rewa, and Essequibo Rivers, and include over 750 lakes, ponds and inlets. Over 400 speciesof fish have been recorded in the area. This is the highest fish diversity in the world for areasof similar size. The wetlands are also
home to the Guyana’s endangered giants, the
Arapaima (
 Arapaima gigas
), Giant River Turtle (
Podocnemis expansa
), Black Caiman(
 Melanosuchus niger 
), and Giant Otter (
Pteronura brasiliensis
).The North Rupununi Wetlands also play an important role in the lives of approximately
5000 residents in the area’s 16 primary communities. The
rivers and waterways act as themain transportation routes and sources of drinking water. Water loving palms and othervegetation are used for housing, craft making, traditional medicine and food. Additionally,fish represents a major source of protein in local communities, while other wildlife speciesof commercial and subsistence value depend on the wetlands for survival. The NorthRupununi wetlands also feature prominently in indigenous culture and folklore, and havesignificant aesthetic value, serving as a primary place of recreation for local residents.

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