Scientific proof, and detailed mapping, of the precise location and mechanisms enabling the hydrological link between the Amazon and Essequibo basins would help support appropriate development and conservation in the Rupununi Wetlands, Guyana, while at the same time provide a new insight into South American aquatic biogeography. This hydrological link is colloquially named the ‘Rupununi Portal’.
The primary aim of this project is to locate and map the hydrological link and dynamics between the Amazon and Essequibo basins, collect proof of species movement across these basins, and disseminate the findings amongst Guyanese stakeholders in order to strengthen the conservation of the Rupununi Wetlands.
The project uses traditional ecological knowledge, high resolution aerial mapping, remote sensing analysis, participatory video, aerial videography and ground-based hydro-ecological surveys. This will enable the identification of the spatial and temporal dynamics that allow the waters of the Amazon and Essequibo basins to meet, produce detailed vegetation, elevation and hydrological maps, and present the knowledge and views of Indigenous communities representing the traditional knowledge, historical and current uses, and threats facing the hydrological link.