Side Event: Gender and Biodiversity
Date & Time: Wednesday, 7 August 2013; 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Venue: Torarica Hotel, Paramaribo, Suriname


One of the objectives of III International Congress on Biodiversity of the Guiana Shield, to be held in Suriname from 5-8 August 2013 is to identify impacts of economic development within the Guiana Shield on the environment and to define measures to reach real green development within the region. Special attention will be given to the rural communities with their traditional lifestyle and extensive traditional knowledge how to live in a more sustainable way.

As part of the Conference programme the Guiana Shield Facility will organize a Side Event on gender and biodiversity, which has been programmed for 7 August from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. This Event is the result of the close collaboration between the GSF and the Gender Practice Area of UNDP RBLAC-RSCLAC during the last two years in order to mainstream gender into environmental issues related to management of the ecosystems of the Guiana Shield ecoregion.

The overall objectives of the side event are to:

  1. hold an open, frank and substantive discussion on how to mainstream gender in biodiversity conservation related issues through the presentation of main findings of GSF gender case studies in Colombia, Guyana and Suriname.
  2. solicit the views of the participants and expert community on the relevance of gender mainstreaming in biodiversity initiatives for their sectoral work 
  3. solicit views of the participants and expert community on the elements of an appropriate gender sensitive system for compensation/payment for ecosystem services.

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