The National Forest Plan was produced in 2011 by the Guyana Forestry Commission after a period of consultation with stakeholders in the sector. The Plan updates a previous version issued in 2001.
The Plan has a number of objectives:
- National planning and co-ordination - To develop a sustainable and productive forest sector, fully and effectively integrated into the national economy, with defined roles and responsibilities for all stakeholders.
- Forest resource management - To ensure that forest resources are sustainably managed to the highest practicable standards and that, social, economic and environmental benefits are optimised and the needs and aspirations of all interest groups are considered.
- Forest industry - To promote the growth of an efficient and competitive forest industry, optimising the benefits from sustainable harvesting, conversion and further processing of forest resources for national markets, and competing effectively in international markets.
- Research and information - To develop and promote improved understanding of awareness of the forest environment and processes through a broad based programme of forest research, dissemination of information and publicity.
- Education and training - To satisfy sector requirements for properly skilled, trained and educated forestry personnel by providing high quality courses and programmes at all levels.
- Social development - To contribute to the effective realisation of social responsibilities, satisfaction of social needs and attainment of social benefits by stakeholders in the forestry sector.