The South of Suriname is part of the Amazone Rainforest. It holds a considerable amount of natural wealth in terms of biodiversity, freshwater resources and cultural heritage. However, the isolation that has protected Suriname’s southern unique ecosystem is now threatened by high commodity prices which have encouraged the spread of small-scale activities, such as gold-mining, logging, hunting, poaching and other potentially unsustainable activities. When undertaken without due care, these activities can degrade water quality within the region’s extensive system of waterways and reservoirs which could harm the South of Suriname’s unique ecosystems and could cause great impact on Indigenous communities living in the south who rely heavily on the natural resources for hunting, fishing and other traditional purposes such as medicinal plants. Also, as is the case in many countries around the world, long-term sustainable economic development in Suriname is threatened by climate change. Availability of food, freshwater resources and habitat vulnerability are among the most prominent issues related to climate change and likely to have disproportionally greater impact on Indigenous communities living in the south. For these reasons the project called South Suriname Conservation Corridor (SSCC) was started.
June 2013 – June 2015
Conservation International Suriname (CI-S)
Amazon Conservation Team (ACT)
World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
Government of Suriname by the Ministry of Spatial Planning and Forest Manangement (Ministerie van RGB)
Deliverables / Anticipated Outputs
The ultimate goal is to make a compelling case to have approximately 7.2 million hectares of pristine tropical forest and the headwaters of Suriname’s major rivers protected. This has an importance in its own right but also acts as a conservation corridor which links up with protected areas in neighbouring Brazil and French Guyana. Moreover, the project team is developing a financial mechanism to allow this long-term conservation effort to be self-supporting.