Child-friendly regional profile
Region 1: Barima-Waini
The Government of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana and the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) are committed to the wellbeing and development of Guyanese children.
The Government at the national and sub-national levels is committed to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). UNICEF is the custodian or co-custodian of 10 of the SDG indicators (stunting, wasting/overweight, skilled attendance at birth, under five mortality, neonatal mortality, early childhood development, early marriage, FGM/C, child discipline and sexual violence against children).
This commitment is demonstrated by their support for the generation and dissemination of evidence to inform the development of plans, policies, projects, and programmes to address equity gaps in areas of survival, lifelong learning, protection and participation of children.
The Barima Waini region gets its name from its two main rivers.
The region is mainly Forested Highland, bordered at the north by a narrow strip of Low Coastal Plain. There are 27,643 inhabitants in the region, who are predominantly of Indigenous descent.
The main economic activity in the region is mining followed by logging in the highland and agricultural activity. The tropical forest yields many valuable species of hardwood. Region 1 is known for its many beaches and waterways. Though several kilometers of road run through the region, the main means of transportation is by boat. Air transportation is also important to the region.