Workshop on water management in the countries of the Guyana Shield to be held in Cayenne, French Guiana from 23-25 October, 2013

Water resources management issues are fundamental and relevant at the hydro-geological scale of the Guiana shield. The six countries of the Guiana Shield (Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Brazil) share trans-boundary river basins and use of common water resources, such as drinking water, transport, energy and fishing.

However, whereas many projects focus on biodiversity or forest issues, there are few joint initiatives on water management. To this end, hydrographic systems preservation is vital and essential on our territories, like everywhere else in the world.

Water availability in the Guiana Shield countries is important, thanks to abundant water resources and low population. However, various water uses, demographic challenges, and development of industrial activities, can cause pollution and make access to good water quality more difficult. Better knowledge of watercourses quality, characteristics and uses is necessary to ensure a balanced and sustainable management of this vital resource.

2013 is the United Nations Year of Water Cooperation and the Guiana Shield Facility (United Nations Development Program Guyana), the Directorate for Environment, Development and Housing (DEAL) of French Guiana, and the water Basin Committee of French Guiana have organize a workshop on water resources management in the countries of the Guiana Shield. The workshop is being held under a technical network called WAVINGS - Water Views and
Information Network in the Guiana Shield.

The purpose of the workshop is to enhance cooperation actions among water stakeholders in the countries of the Guiana Shield, through sharing of knowledge, experiences and views on water management.

The workshop will commence on October 23, 2013 and conclude October 25, 2013 in Cayenne, the first of its to be held in French Guiana. It is anticipated that approximately sixty (60) persons from each territory of the Guiana Shield comprising focal points for water policy, water research/teaching, and water convention and international organizations will participate.


For further information on the Workshop, contact can be made with Dr. Patrick Chesney at the Guiana Shield Facility Secretariat, UNDP, 42 Brickdam and UN Place, Georgetown, Guyana; telephone number 592-226-4040; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Guiana Shield Facility is a multi-donor funding facility set up and operated by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Guyana country office (2010 – 2014) with financial support from The European Union and the Government of Netherlands.

The aim of the GSF is to support the conservation and sustainable development of the ecosystems of the bio-diverse 2.5 million km² Guiana Shield eco-region² through supporting activities needed to ensure the ecological integrity of the eco-region.

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