It is time to take real actions towards achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Targets
- CBD Executive Secretary

news-20140522-1“We cannot spare any time, particularly where the results of actions take time to manifest themselves” was a key point emphasized in a message delivered on International Day for Biological Diversity to the Delegates from the Guiana Shield countries attending the Biodiversity Corridors workshop at Iwokrama River Lodge and Research Center.

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- Co-ordinator, Convention on Biological Diversity LifeWeb Initiative

news-20140521-1Build 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.

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Fortaleciendo y gestionando sinergias en el Escudo Guayanés Colombiano 

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Los científicos dicen que si el Amazonas es el pulmón izquierdo del planeta, el Escudo Guayanés sería el derecho. Posee el 25 por ciento de los bosques tropicales del mundo concentrados en seis países: Colombia, Venezuela, Brasil, Guyana, Guayana Francesa y Surinam (SILVA, 2013). Siendo una interconexión de grandes ríos que desembocan al gigante Orinoco y que transportan cerca del 15 por ciento de las aguas frescas del mundo. Un grupo de estudiantes y profesores de la Universidad de la Amazonia y el grupo de Investigación Produciendo vienen participando de la iniciativa ASOCIACIÓN DE BIODIVERSIDAD DEL ESCUDO GUAYANES desde el año 2010, en congresos y reuniones realizadas en: Macapá, Brasil; Paramaribo, Surinam y Guyana Francesa.

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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.

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Summary: The Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the Amazon (SDSN-Amazonia) was launched on March 18, 2014 at the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation (FAS, Fundação Amazonas Sustentável). SDSN-Amazonia articulates a regional network of knowledge centers, academia, civil society organizations, public and private sector institutions, and it aspires to accelerate design and implementation of paths and sustainable solutions for the Amazon region.

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The Amazon, the largest tropical forest in the world, involves eight countries and an overseas territory of France. It houses half of the planet’s biodiversity. It is also a crucial provider of ecosystem services and maintains climate and ecosystem stability locally, regionally and globally. The Amazon River alone provides about 15 % of total freshwater reaching oceans globally. More than 30 million people including 350 indigenous and ethnic groups (about 32 non- contacted groups in Brazil alone) live in the Amazon. The Amazon is highly diverse and heterogeneous and is the process of undergoing major changes. Major drivers of deforestation include large-scale infrastructure projects, cattle ranching and agricultural expansion, unsustainable natural resource extraction including mining, oil exploration and illegal logging, and climate change risks that can drive the Amazon forest to its tipping point.

Read more: Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the Amazon (SDSN-Amazonia) launched on March 18, 2014