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Celebrating forests

16 March 2012

Not just for tree huggers...

21 March is World Forest Day, and we are really excited to have Tom Griffiths from the Forest People’s programme in Cardiff to speak to us about his work with the Wapichan people of Guyana.

This is the Size of Wales project of the month; helping indigenous communities in Guyana establish their rights to over one million hectares of forest. It is also the project that staff and students voted to support as a project partner during the University Sustainability week (31 Oct – 4 November 2011).

The whole forest area in Southern Guyana faces invasion by gold miners and loggers as well as infrastructure projects such as roads. This project is helping the indigenous Wapichan people in Guyana to develop plans for forest conservation and sustainable livelihoods.

The Size of Wales project aims to bring everyone in Wales together to help sustain an area of tropical forest the size of Wales as part of a national response to climate change. In addition to the University being a project partner, the Sustainable Places Research Institute is working alongside the Size of Wales as a supporting partner to raise awareness of tropical forest conservational and research.

Tom, the anthropologist working with the Wapichan people; will speak about his work, the aim of the project and give an insight into life in the area.  Come along to find out more and how you can get involved to help support this project.

Tom will be speaking in the Optometry lecture theatre (room 0.05) 
Wednesday 21 March, 3.30pm

  Related links

'Wapichan land rights Guyana' on Size of Wales website