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  • Total forest area: 151,040 km²
  • Estimated deforestation per year: 45 km²
  • Population: 738,000 (UN, 2007)
  • Forest cover: 70.3%

The only English-speaking country in South America, Guyana gained independence in 1966.

Almost three-quarters of the country is forested. Many of the indigenous and local communities depend totally on the forest for their livelihood.

Guyana is a small, lightly populated country. It does suffer from environmental threats to the coastal strip and rainforest, poverty and violent crime, fuelled by the drugs trade.

(Sources: Conservation International, FAO,, Oxford University Environmental Change Institute, UN, WWF)
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