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, mongabay.com, Oxford University Environmental Change Institute, UN, WWF)
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