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  • The Constitution of Guyana, 1966
  • The Constitution of the Co-Operative Republic of Guyana1, 1980

The twenty-fifth Article of the Constitution of the Co-Operative Republic of Guyana, 1980, provides that “every citizen has a duty to participate in activities designed to improve the environment and protect the health of the nation” and the thirty-sixth Article states that “in the interests of the present and future generations, the State will protect and make rational use of its land, mineral and water resources, as well as its fauna and flora, and will take all appropriate measures to conserve and improve the environment.”

In 1996, Guyana adopted the Environmental Protection Act, “an Act to provide for the management, conservation, protection and improvement of the environment, the prevention or control of pollution, the assessment of the impact of economic development on the environment, the sustainable use of resources and for matters incidental thereto or connected therewith.”
More information about environmental legislation in Guyana can be provided on the Food and Agriculture Organization Legal Office’s website.

1. The current Constitution of Guyana is available on the non-official website http://www.guyanaguide.com/constitution/index.html.