Side Event: The Guiana Shield Priority Setting Platform
Date & Time: Thursday, 8 August 2013; 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Venue: Torarica Hotel, Paramaribo, Suriname


The Guiana Shield Facility (GSF) is an EU-UNDP 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. One of the areas of intervention for the GSF is the set-up of a coordinated framework for planning, priority setting and management of natural resources.


In April 2002, the conservation Priority Setting Workshop (PSW) was held, resulting in the identification of priority areas for conservation, the Paramaribo Declaration, which included 20 recommendations for conservation action in the Guiana Shield. In October 2011, a GSF supported desk study updated the PSW. Together, the 2002 and 2011 conservation priorities comprise an area of 1,957,694 km or 72.5% of the area of the Guiana Shield ecoregion. Among these new priorities are 89 protected areas created since 2002. That such a high percentage of the Guiana Shield is considered a priority for conservation speaks to the ecoregion’s
extraordinary biological importance.

The III International Congress on Biodiversity of the Guiana Shield focuses on the environmental impacts of economic development. The argument is that while key conservation issues within the ecoregion have been addressed repeatedly (also during previous conferences), clear, effective and unambiguous approaches have not been set yet. Even so there is no collaborative approach within the Guiana Shield ecoregion to reach sustainable development.

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