For Masakenari’s Wai-Wais, new trail seen as key to preserving way of life

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Plans are in the pipeline to construct a tractor trail from Parabara to the Kassikaityu River landing that would halve the two weeks travelling time it normally takes for members of the Wai-Wai Amerindian nation to travel to the Rupununi.

“The village is interested in it and they have been pursuing it for a number of years,” an official with knowledge of the plan told Stabroek News. The Wai-Wais who reside in Masakenari in Region Nine, one of the most remote communities in Guyana, wrote to the Ministry of Amerindian Affairs requesting the conversion of the existing foot trail to one that could be used by a tractor and trailer. Various reasons were given, including the easier moving of their produce. It can take as much as two weeks to travel from Masakenari to Parabara.

The matter was discussed at several levels of government and eventually the plan was approved, Stabroek News was told. Construction was slated to start in September. In March, the matter was discussed at the Multi-Stakeholder Steering Committee of the Low Carbon Development Strategy (MSSC) and it was noted …..To continue reading, login or subscribe now.

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