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The Guyana Forestry Commission

The GFC is responsible for providing advice on issues relating to forest policy, forestry laws and regulations, administration and management of all State Forest land including distribution of forest land for all forest related activities from logging to export. The Commission also develops and monitors standards for protecting and conserving Guyana’s forest as well monitoring of activities that take place within it. Its work is guided by the National Forest Plan which supports the goals of the forest policy. Its three (3) technical divisions (Planning and Development, Forest Monitoring and Forest Resource Management) and 40 forest stations across the length and breadth of Guyana implements it activities.

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