The Guiana Shield Facility (GSF) is a multi-donor funding facility for the long-term financing of national and regional activities to conserve ecosystems, protect biodiversity, and to sustain human livelihoods within the Guiana Shield eco-region.

Map of Guiana Shield

The GSF supports the position that global significance of the Guiana Shield eco-region and its ecosystem services was, is, and will be the rationale for transfers between the international community and those responsible for maintaining the ecological and cultural integrity of the Guiana Shield. So far, the ecological significance has been best documented by the PSW report of April 2002, updated in December 2011. The 2002 PSW exercise served as the scientific basis of the Paramaribo Declaration adopted on 9 April 2002, to guide the further development of the Guiana Shield. icon GSF In Brief - June 2013 (2.27 MB)

GSF in Brief June20131

In order to ensure lasting conservation and sustainable use of the Guiana Shield eco-region’s unique natural resources, the institutional, administrative and policy framework of the GSF as a sustainable funding facility will be developed and strengthened. The aim is to set up lasting arrangements within the context of the Multilateral Environment Agreements and international conventions (e.g. CBD, Kyoto Protocol), and based upon local and national ownership. It is anticipated that a suitable regional institution will be identified to continue implementation of the GSF from 2015 onwards. The target is to have identified the regional institution and have a signed agreement in place by 2013.

The UNDP Guyana is directly implementing the GSF for a period of three years, which ends on 31 December 2014. Current donors are the European Union and the Dutch Government.  Click here to obtain a copy of GSF Project Document.

The GSF Secretariat is housed in the UNDP Guyana Country Office with the following staff:

  • Patrick Chesney - Chief Technical Adviser
  • Patrick John - Project Finance Associate
  • Yolanda Ward - Information and Communications Officer
  • Yolanda Collins - Policy Intern

GSF Focal Points in countries that make up the Guiana Shield

Colombia

Jimena Puyana 
Environment and Energy and Sustainable Development Officer
UNDP Colombia
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Brazil

Carlos Castro
Coordinator – Environment Unit
UNDP Brazil
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Suriname

Bryan Drakenstein
Programme Specialist – Environment
UNDP Suriname
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Guyana

Chisa Mikami
Deputy Resident Representative
UNDP Guyana
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Venezuela

Carlos Sánchez
Project Officer
UNDP Venezuela
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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).