The conservation priorities for the Guiana Shield presented in this section were set using a method developed and refined in similar priority-setting exercises facilitated by Conservation International and its partners in more than 10 regions over the past 12 years.

The approach is based on two main information sources: the opinions of the biological and socioeconomic experts who attended the workshop and a state-of-the-art knowledge assessment, which consisted of gathering the best available ecological and socioeconomic data on the Guiana Shield and organizing it into a comprehensive information system prior to the workshop.

Geographic information was also a key part of the priority-setting process: all biological and socioeconomic discussions and analyses had a geographical basis in that workshop participants focused on identifying areas of importance, regardless of theme, on large-scale maps, which were later digitized.

Follow the links below for a more detailed description of the Guayana Shield conservation priority-setting process, including information about planning, data collection, and other pre-workshop activities as well as descriptions of each day's activities during the workshop itself.

Conservation priority-setting process:



The Guiana Shield Priority-setting Workshop culminated in the drafting of the Paramaribo Declaration, a detailed list of recommendations for conservation action that was endorsed by all workshop participants and signed in Paramaribo, Suriname, on April 9, 2002, by Wouter Veening, Head, Guiana Shield Initiative, NC-IUCN; Richard Olver, Resident Representative, UNDP-Guyana; and Russell Mittermeier, President, Conservation International.

Workshop recommendations, including full text of Paramaribo Declaration:



Over 100 experts on the biology and socioeconomics of the Guiana Shield participated in the priority-setting workshop. The list below contains each participant's name, organization, and country.

Participant list: