banner-20140425-1Countries of the Guiana Shield are pursuing policies within the framework of the Convention of Biological Diversity that emphasizes the importance of establishing biodiversity corridors to avoid landscape fragmentation and loss of species and habitats for biodiversity. However, cooperation among the countries is required to pursue and achieve this worthwhile objective.

As such, Protected Areas management professionals and international biodiversity experts will participate in a workshop focused on Biodiversity Corridorsin the Guiana Shield to provide technical inputs for the streamlining of support for the achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets.

The event which is coordinated and supported by the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) – Guiana Shield Facility (GSF), the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) – Lifeweb Initiative, Iwokrama and WWF Guyana coincides with the observance of International Day for Biological Diversity, which is celebrated worldwide on 22 May each year. The workshop will be hosted at the Iwokrama River Lodge and Research Centre from May 21-23, 2014.

The specific objectives of the workshop are to:

  • To review existing examples of biodiversity corridors within the Guiana Shield and best practice guidance from around the world;
  • To identify and analyse common opportunities, threats and challenges facing the conservation units within these corridors in the Guiana Shield;
  • To agree on the area-based Aichi Targets that could be achieved by implementing transboundary cooperation actions on biodiversity corridors;
  • To outline the elements of a strategy, workplan and potential funding opportunities including a CBD LifeWeb Expression of Interest for implementing the agreed transboundary cooperation actions.

About 30 participants from the countries that share the Guiana Shield will attend the workshop The workshop will close with a reception on May 23rd, 2014 at Duke Lodge for the participating delegates from the Guyana Shield countries, Government Officials, Members of Parliament, Diplomatic Corps and the local organizing committee. 16th May, 2014