Environment in Guyana
The Guyanese environment has seen a change in the past few centuries, particularly on the coast. The coast originally a vast swamp land, has been transformed into solid ground by past colonizers especially the Dutch. The interior is largely unchanged except for forestry and mining activities in various locations, which to date has not taken any notably serious toll on the ecosystem or the visible environment.
In the hinterland, the concentration of settlements is low and the villages mostly of Indigenous people are widely dispersed. In many remote locations consumption of non traditional products is relatively low and thus the amount of waste produced is less. However in bigger villages that serve as a meeting point for many hinterland dwellers and visitors, which take in more manufactured goods as well as host market places may have bigger problem than remote villages.
Apart from solid
waste, in the hinterland many issues abound. The siltation and chemical
pollution of rivers due to mining and logging activities are fairly common,
especially siltation which is caused by active dredging activities along
river banks. There is also a threat to biodiversity from these activities
of mining and logging. As a direct development of mining and logging is
the building of roads and villages which also impact on wildlife
as well as that of the lives of the Indigenous