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Centre for the Study of Biological Diversity
At the University of Guyana
The BDG works with the University of Guyana (UG) to raise funds, and these efforts have resulted in the foundation in 1992 of the Centre for the Study of Biological Diversity (CSBD) at the University of Guyana. CSBD is a non-governmental organization (NGO) dedicated to the study, documentation and conservation of nature. The Centre houses a herbarium, a zoological collection, a small library, a GIS Centre, staff offices, and some exhibit space. Personnel include the Interim Manager, a GIS specialist, a Secretary/Receptionist, and a cleaning person as well as three UG staff who periodically work with the collections. A complete set of all organisms collected through the Centre's programs is deposited in the Centre, a second set in the Smithsonian's US National Herbarium, and exchange material is distributed among over 50 institutions worldwide. The Centre is now a key vehicle within Guyana for the development of a full range of education, research and training programs consistent with Guyana's effort to conserve and manage its rich biodiversity on a sustainable basis. The Smithsonian Institution's Biological Diversity of the Guiana Shield Program (BDG) coordinates its activities with the Centre, colleagues in Guyana and numerous international organizations and NGOs.
The establishment and continuing operation of the Centre and its research and educational activities has been facilitated by the Smithsonian Institution's Biological Diversity of the Guiana Shield Program. Several organizations have also given their assistance, including USAID, Aroaima Mining, Conservation International, the Iwokrama International Rainforest Programme, the Royal Bank of Canada with the World Wildlife Fund - Canada, the Smithsonian Man and the Biosphere Programs, the Smithson Society, the Treaty of Amazonian Cooperation (UNDP), and the World Bank Global Environmental Facility.
To contact the Centre directly send email to Philip da Silva at: nessie159yahoo.com
or to Calvin Bernard at: calrberguyana.net.gy
or write to:
The Centre for the Study of Biological Diversity
The University of Guyana
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