Gold Reserve enters into important social and environmental partnership

    SPOKANE, WA, Aug. 29 /CNW/ - Gold Reserve Inc. (TSX:GRZ - AMEX:  GRZ)
announced today that it has entered into a partnership with Conservation
International (CI) to advance the Company's strong commitment to environmental
and social responsibility. The partnership will involve preserving
biodiversity in and around the Company's Brisas Project in Venezuela and
support the development of best practice tools for integrating biodiversity
information into the business decision making processes.
    Compania Aurifera Brisas del Cuyuni C.A. (Brisas), the Venezuelan
subsidiary of Gold Reserve, has also signed a Letter of Intent with CI
Venezuela outlining commitments, whereby the two organizations will work
together to institute programs pertaining to biodiversity and sustainable
agro-forestry in the upper Cuyuni River basin located in the State of Bolivar
in southeastern Venezuela near the Guyana border. This effort will include
extensive biodiversity assessments and monitoring efforts to understand and
protect the biodiversity of the Project area as well as a program of work
aimed at empowering local communities to develop sustainable agro-forestry.
    The Company has also finalized an agreement with CI to support the
development of decision making tools and methodologies that guide companies
such as Gold Reserve through a process by which they assess the ongoing
environmental impacts and assess their biodiversity, take action to avoid,
mitigate or offset this impact, and monitor their achievements. This support
will facilitate the development of a biodiversity offset strategy for the
Brisas Project in conjunction with the Business and Biodiversity Offset
Program (BBOP) (more information on BBOP can be found at:
    "We are pleased to be working with CI," said Doug Belanger, president of
Gold Reserve. "Our strong relationship with CI will empower our employees and
provide them substantial experience while furthering the Company's commitment
to the Equator Principles and responsible environmental stewardship."

    About the organizations:

    Conservation International (CI) is a nonprofit international organization
which operates in 40 countries around the world and applies innovations in
science, economics, policy and community participation to protect the Earth's
richest regions of plant and animal diversity in the biodiversity hotspots,
high-biodiversity wilderness areas as well as important marine regions around
the globe. For further information see

    The Company

    Gold Reserve Inc. is a Canadian company developing the Brisas gold copper
project in Southeastern Venezuela. Brisas has NI-43-101 reserves of 485
million tonnes of ore grading 0.67 grams per tonne gold and 0.13% copper
containing 10.4 million ounces of gold and 1.3 billion pounds of copper (using
a revenue cutoff grade of US $3.04 per tonne and a gold price of US $400 and a
copper price of US $1.15 per pound). The mine plan anticipates using
conventional truck and shovel mining methods with the processing of ore at
full production of 70,000 tonnes per day, yielding an average annual
production of 456,000 ounces of gold and 60 million pounds of copper for a
mine life of 18.5 years. Using copper as a byproduct, operating costs are
expected to be US $126 per ounce (using US $1.80 copper). The Qualified
Personnel for the NI 43-101 Report are Susan Poos of Marston and Marston, Inc.
and Richard Addison and Richard Lambert of Pincock, Allen and Holt, all
registered professional engineers.
    For further information please see our update to the Company's NI-43-101
report at our website at, investor relations, SEDAR

    Forward-Looking Statements

    Certain statements included herein, including those that express
management's expectations or estimates of our future performance concerning
the Brisas Project or the Choco 5 Exploration Project, constitute
"forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the United States Private
Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are
necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions that, while
considered reasonable by management at this time, are inherently subject to
significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and
contingencies. We caution that such forward-looking statements involve known
and unknown risks, uncertainties and other risks that may cause the actual
financial results, performance, or achievements of Gold Reserve Inc. to be
materially different from our estimated future results, performance, or
achievements expressed or implied by those forward-looking statements.
Numerous factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those in
the forward-looking statements, including without limitation, concentration of
operations and assets in Venezuela; corruption and uncertain legal
enforcement; requests for improper payments; regulatory, political and
economic risks associated with Venezuelan operations (including changes in
previously established legal regimes, rules or processes); the ability to
obtain or maintain the necessary permits or additional funding for the
development of the Brisas Project; in the event any key findings or
assumptions previously determined by us or our experts in conjunction with our
2005 bankable feasibility study (as updated or modified from time to time)
significantly differ or change as a result of actual results in our expected
construction and production at the Brisas Project (including capital and
operating cost estimates); risk that actual mineral reserves may vary
considerably from estimates presently made; impact of currency, metal prices
and metal production volatility; fluctuations in energy prices; changes in
proposed development plans (including technology used); our dependence upon
the abilities and continued participation of certain key employees; and risks
normally incident to the operation and development of mining properties. This
list is not exhaustive of the factors that may affect any of the Company's
forward-looking statements. Investors are cautioned not to put undue reliance
on forward-looking statements. All subsequent written and oral forward-looking
statements attributable to the Company or persons acting on its behalf are
expressly qualified in their entirety by this notice. The Company disclaims
any intent or obligation to update publicly these forward-looking statements,
whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

    On Behalf of the Board of Directors
    Gold Reserve Inc.
    A. Douglas Belanger, President
    Fax: 509-623-1634

For further information:

For further information: A. Douglas Belanger, President, (509) 623-1500,
Fax: (509) 623-1634

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