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Commercial Pressures on Land

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AUDIO "The Forest and the Thieves"

I focused on Guyana, which is about 75% forested, and where as I mentioned earlier, the soils are extremely poor. So, agriculture is not feasible on these forested areas of Guyana. As in the other cases that I mentioned, these forested lands are mostly, in law –– they are state lands. In other words, they belong to the people and are administered by the government. And these forested lands, a percentage is titled to indigenous peoples –– indigenous people of Guyana who make up about 10% of the total population.

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