While the extent of illegal logging in Guyana may not be as high as reported in some other countries, it does have a significant impact on Guyana’s relatively small and developing economy as well as having environmental and socio-cultural consequences.
Two of the main reasons for the sub-optimal detection of illegal logging and other activities are
a) the extensive and largely inaccessible forest estate which is difficult to effectively monitor and
b) a manual log-tracking system that has tendencies for errors and does not facilitate rapid transfer of information and data.
The project proposed here will address these two issues by
a) developing an integrated and dynamic GIS that will incorporate satellite image analysis, illegality indicators and a legality database and
b) by establishing a bar-code log-tracking system that will feed into a central database linked to a national wide-area network. This will allow for near real-time transfer of data and the availability of tracking information for the regulatory agency and operators in the private sector.
The outcome of the project will be an environment where detection of illegal logging and other non compliant activities will be dramatically improved in the forest, in transit and at point of sale. This scenario will see improved detection of illegal activities acting as an effective deterrent resulting in a marked reduction in the incidence of illegal activities. The beneficial knock-on effects of this will be registered in the national economy, local communities and the forest environment.