Boy wades through river

Strengthening Suriname’s protected area system

© Cristina Mittermeier
 

Suriname has 15 protected areas covering more than 2 million hectares — almost 13% of the country’s total land area. However, the integrity of Suriname’s protected areas systems is at risk: illegal economic activities such as mining, logging and poaching are on the rise; the government has less institutional capacity for enforcement; and the monitoring of protected areas is at an all-time low.

Children blowing up balloons
© Cristina Mittermeier

Tapping into bilateral and multilateral climate change funding initiatives

The program aims to create a financial structure to raise and rapidly direct private-sector capital toward conservation of protected forests and the tribal communities that live in and near them.

View into the lowlands from an outlook of Kasikasima, a unique granitic mountain formation that rises over 700 m above the rainforest in Suriname.
© Trond Larsen

Strengthening government

In doing so, the program will strengthen the capacity of the government to manage existing protected areas. This program will also strengthen Suriname’s protected area system by partnering with the Forest Management Department and with local communities with community forest concessions.