The Karanambu Trust

trust projects sustainabilityOur priority for sustainable development is to ensure that ecotourism is sustainable at Karanambu. In this way, the Trust and Lodge staff must work together monitor the impacts of ecotourism and other conservation activities, and take steps to minimize impacts such as air, soil, and water pollution, and excessive energy use. Toward this end, the Trust is actively seeking experts with the skills needed to assess specific problems, either potential or real, and prevent or solve them.

  • The Trust hosted two Peace Corps Response Program volunteers in 2011–one for solar power and engineering, and the other for solid waste and water management. Both were sent by Peace Corps Guyana as part of the Trust's 2010 MOU with funding provided by the Peace Corp Response Program. Special thanks to Jermaine Clark, the Response Program Coordinator for Peace Corps Guyana, who visited Karanambu and helped draft the volunteer job descriptions.
  • Peace Corps Response Program volunteer solar engineer Robin Anliker arrived in March 2011 and quickly mapped out a plan to convert from expensive, inefficient, and noisy generator power to solar for both the Trust House, which was undergoing renovation as part of the WWF-Guianas grant, and the Lodge. Part of her plan was to train members of local communities, including Karanambu's staff, in the basic electrical engineering skills needed for this work. Next Robin proposed a detailed budget and timeline for the Karanambu Solar Community Project: $10,000 and three months.
  • Additional financial support for the Karanambu Solar Community project came from the Peace Corps Partnership Program (PCPP). The ECPA/SPA: provided grant money for education materials. Duch Routt: PCRV; provided technical assistance and moral support. Farfan and Mendes: sold discounted solar equipment for the project at Karanambu, as well as provided technical assistance. Art Williams & Harry Wendt Aeronautical Engineering School at Ogle Airport: donated electrical tools for teaching (meters, wiring, connectors, pliers, strippers, etc.); also offered technical assistance from electricians.
  • Volunteer engineer Edwin Richards began to explore options for water purification and solid waste management but became ill and was forced to leave. Even so, during his time at Karanambu he completed an assessment of solid waste management challenges – including the problem of burning plastic – and recommended changes that were implemented such as sorting the garbage into different pits; burnable, non-burnable, and organic. The plastic was crushed and buried; he also recommended a chipping machine. With respect to water purification, his recommendation was to access well water for drinking, and continue pumping river water for toilet and shower and cleaning. Funds are needed for Karanambu to install the piping needed to use its well. This is an area of potential future Peace Corps involvement as the nearby communities that are far from the river, such as Kwaimatta, would benefit greatly from a working well.