GSI Steering Committee

The Steering Committee gives guidance on the objectives and implementation of GSI. It provides the essential local and national ownership necessary for the development of GSI. The Steering Committee has eleven permanent members: six high-level representatives of each of the Guiana Shield countries, three donor representatives and two representatives of main partner organizations. All members have a seat on the Steering Committee in a personal capacity.
The permanent members of our Steering Committee are:
  • Dr Manuel Rodriguez Becerra, former Minister of the Environment in Colombia, advisor to all subsequent ministers of the environment, teaching and consulting
  • Maj Gen (ret'd) Joseph Singh from Guyana, former Chief of Staff, former Director Conservation International Guyana, currently CEO of the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company
  • Mr Willem Udenhout, former Prime Minister of Suriname and Ambassador to the U.S.A., now Director Conservation International Suriname
  • Dr Judith Rosales from Venezuela, Head of the Bioguayana Programme of the Universidad Nacional Experimental de Guayana doing research, teaching and advising on the ecological, socio-cultural and economic aspects of the Guiana Shield Region in Venezuela
  • Mr. Claude Suzanon from French Guiana, president of the Association Sepunguy and first Vice-President of the Parc Amazonien de Guyane, and member of the National Council for Nature Conservancy of the French Ministry for Ecology and Sustainable Development.
  • Dra. Ima Célia Guimarães Vieira from Brazil, Director of the Museu Paraense Emilio Goeldi in Belem - Pará and researcher and author on many themes relevant to the GSI.
  • Donor Representative: Mr Frank Jacobs for The European Union
  • Donor Representative: Mr Didier Trebucq, Deputy Resident Representative UNDP Guyana
  • Donor Representative: Mr Frans van Haren, Ex-ambassador of the Netherlands to Colombia
  • Mr Dominiek Plouvier, Coordinator WWF-Guianas Programme
  • Mr Robert Hofstede, Coordinator IUCN Regional Office for South America (Quito).
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The Guiana Shield Initiative (GSI) is an ambitious eco-regional project, which aims to set up a sustainable financial mechanism to conserve the unique, intact ecosystems of the Guiana Shield. Without financial stability for conservation and without sustainable development activities, the natural resources of one of the few remaining expansive tracts of primary forest will disappear due to destructive activities, such as logging, mining, the advancing agricultural frontier and ill-planned infrastructure. All of which only result in short term financial gains.

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Note on spelling: In all written material about the project, we will refer to the region as the “Guiana Shield Eco-Region”, except when we refer to the Venezuelan part of the region, which is spelled "Guayana". Also note that the term “Guianas” refers to the countries Guyana (formerly British Guiana), Suriname (formerly Dutch Guiana) and Guyane (or French Guiana).