Guyana, Panthera sign MoU to protect jaguars

Guyana, Panthera sign MoU to protect jaguars

Guyana and the US-based wild cat conservation group Panthera have a signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to protect jaguars.

The signing of the MoU has paved the way for Guyana's participation in the International Jaguar Corridor Initiative that aims to protect the elusive spotted cats, and make sure that people and wildlife can co-exist in the region.

The so-called "jaguar corridor" connects core jaguar populations of northern Argentina to Mexico. The jaguar corridors are pathways built over or under roads, and connections between various forestlands to allow jaguars to move across a region without straying into human-inhabited areas. It aims to help promote the gene flow among various populations of the animal, and also allow them to migrate freely without facing hazards like traffic.

Robert Persaud, Guyana's Minister of Natural Resources & the Environment, said that the signing of the agreement showed their commitment to ensure sustainable development while also protecting the national symbol - the jaguar.

Guyana's ministry of natural resources & environment said in a statement, "With the signing of the MOU, Guyana will now be in a better position to benefit from this regional project."

Under the terms of the agreement, Panthera will provide technical & scientific expertise on how to conserve jaguar and their movement models, facilitating long-term advantages to all local stakeholders, and Guyana as a whole.

In addition, the agreement will create a solid foundation for new initiatives to understand and allay conflicts between humans and jaguars so that they can co-exist peacefully.

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