- Co-ordinator, Convention on Biological Diversity LifeWeb Initiative
Build biodiversity corridors to last was the charge delivered by Charles Besançon, Coordinator of the Convention of Biological Diversity LifeWeb Initiative at the opening of the Guiana Shield Biodiversity Corridors Workshop on May 21, 2014.
Mr. Besançon emphasized the need for countries of the Guiana Shield participating in the workshop to formulate agreements on the way forward that will build the biodiversity corridors. He urged the delegates to take the agreements and embed it in their countries for sustainability. Moreover, he stressed the need for connections, both at a people to people and south-south cooperation levels.
Representatives from the Government of Guyana, United Nations Development Programme and the Guiana Shield Facility and Iwokrama also delivered brief welcoming remarks. They collectively pledged their support to work to build biodiversity corridors through transboundary conservation and cooperation.
The workshop is being executed over a three days period with delegations from Brazil, Colombia, Suriname, French Guiana, Venezuela, Guyana, IUCN and CBD. On May 22, 2014 which is celebrated around the world as International Day for Biological Diversity, the Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment, Guyana and the Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme in Guyana will visit the Iwokrama River Lodge and Research Centre where the workshop is being held to deliver key messages.