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Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization Meeting in Guyana to Discuss Tourism

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There are fears about losing the Amazon’s rich biodiversity as some sections of the forest are now being faced with destruction.

With this in mind, The Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization is meeting in Georgetown to discuss ways of how it can develop environmentally sustainable community-based tourism in the Amazon region.

Guyana is one of eight member countries that is a part of the regional technical workshop and public forum which was opened this morning at the Conference Centre.

Tourism Minister, Manniram Prashad during his remarks stated that the Amazon is the lungs of the world and he believes that countries have a mandate to conserve, protect and promote it for future existence.

Prashad said the future of the Amazon is now faced with the threat of climate change and is of the opinion that focus should be place on the area since it is not just an environmental issue.

The Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization, Secretary General, Alejandro Gordillo said the forum will allow the body to develop short, medium and long term strategies to protect the Amazon.

He further added that the organization will be focusing on five areas which include the use of natural resources, health, science and technology, Education, climate change and regional development.

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