The work of the Commission is guided by a National Forest Plan that has been developed to address the forest policy.The Commission develops and monitors standards for forest sector operations, develops and implements forest protection and conservation strategies, oversees forest research and provides support and guidance to forest education and training.The GFC is responsible for advising the subject Minister on issues relating to forest policy, forestry laws and regulations.The Commission is also responsible for the administration and management of all State Forest land.Originally inhabited by several indigenous groups, Guyana was settled by the Dutch before coming under British control in the late 18th century.It was governed as British Guiana, with mostly a plantation style economy until the 1950s.
The region known as "the Guianas" consists of the large shield landmass north of the Amazon River and east of the Orinoco River known as the "land of many waters".
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Guyana and Norway yesterday hailed a historic agreement that will see the Scandinavian country invest 0m (£150m) to preserve the rainforests of the Latin America nation.
It gained independence in 1966, and officially became a republic within the Commonwealth of Nations in 1970.
The legacy of British rule is reflected in the country's political administration and diverse population, which includes Indian, African, Amerindian, and multiracial groups.