The Alcoa Foundation funded CI’s Rapid Assessment program (RAP) survey in Kwamalasamutu, Suriname.
The purpose of this RAP survey was to establish a baseline of information for local ecotourism and future monitoring efforts. The RAP also sought to gather information on plant and animal species important to the Tirio people, and provide recommendations for sustainable harvest and management practices. The overall goal was to bring together the knowledge and expertise of local people with scientific knowledge to study and plan for monitoring of biological and cultural resources of the Kwamalasamutu region.
The preliminary results of the survey indicate that the Kwamalasamutu region is in near-pristine ecological condition. As the forested landscape of this area extends unbroken far beyond the borders of Suriname, the region represents the nucleus of a vast biological treasure of global significance. Although not immediately threatened, effective conservation in the region will require active and continuous assessment of potential threats and international cooperation to adequately manage the region‘s resources.
Previously, Alcoa Foundation has also supported CI’s site-level conservation work in Brazil’s Amazon, development of CI’s freshwater conservation efforts in China, and a carbon offset project in Madagascar.
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