The Living Guianas Report 2012 is based on the general outline of the Living Planet Report (LPR), produced by WWF International every two years.
The Global LPR looks both at the state of the planet's biodiversity and the footprint human beings place on the renewable resources of this very same planet.
The ultimate goal of the LPR is to promote better choices to come within the boundaries of one planet, maintaining healthy biodiversity and the ecosystem functions on which we all depend.
So far, the LPR has covered practically the whole world, but the Guianas -with their small populations- were not as yet incorporated.
However, as the Guianas (and more broadly the Guiana Shield) probably have one of the highest biodiversity figures in the world and still a limited footprint; a living planet report for the Guianas was conceived. Where other regions of the world are affected by problems of overpopulation, or very high footprint issues, the Guianas still host tremendous biodiversity and a variety of almost intact ecosystems, At the same time, population pressure is low. This holds enormous potential for preserving this important area in the future, if intelligent investment is made with a view to the future.