CBD Executive Secretary, Braulio Ferreira De Souza Dias recognizes the Guiana Shield Facility as an important initiative in the Amazon that needs strengthening and has made a call against this backdrop.
He noted, “….the Guiana Shield Ecoregion, the area that concentrates the largest amount of tropical forest under protected areas in the world, but one that is increasingly facing the challenges of promotion of economic development while ensuring the conservation of its natural capital and increasing the benefits for its people from its rich biodiversity.”
The Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), acknowledged that “the development of a biodiversity corridor in the Guiana Shield would be a very concrete activity to speed implementation and strengthen cooperation between Governments.”
The CBD Executive Secretary made this resounding observation in a video statement to a Regional Workshop on “National Protected Areas Systems in the ACTO Member Countries. Amazon Region Protected Area Program – ARPA and opportunities for regional cooperation” on October 2, 2013 in Brasilia, Brazil.