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.
For the second phase of the Guiana Shield Initiative, pilot sites have been selected to implement payment for ecosystem services. These pilot sites are representative for the eco-region and its natural and cultural diversity, and serve as excellent testing ground for the rest of the region.
Below, you find an overview of the current areas that have been accepted as pilot sites, or identified as possible future pilot sites.