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

- To serve as a repository for technical and scientific information about the Guiana Shield

news-20140321-1The Guiana Shield Facility (GSF) launched its Knowledge Centre on Friday, March 21, 2014 on the ground floor of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

The event was a resounding success. High-level representatives from the Office of the President, European Union, Embassies of Brazil and Suriname, Government Environmental Agencies, Civil Society, Tertiary Education Institutions and UNDP were in attendance.
The Guiana Shield Knowledge Centre (GSKC) currently has as a total of four hundred and forty three (443) books and 97 CD and DVDs which contains data, audio and video. During the launch, the GSKC received its first donation of books from Mr. Benedict Madl, Head of Bilateral Cooperation at the EU Delegation in Guyana.

Read more: Guiana Shield Knowledge Centre (GSKC) Launched

- Collaboration on technical and other information on conservation and sustainable development top priority

news-20140226-1The Guiana Shield Facility (GSF) and Project Cobra signed an agreement on February 24, 2014 which will provide a framework for cooperation and will facilitate collaboration between the organizations.

Read more: Memorandum of Understanding signed between Guiana Shield Facility and Project Cobra

news-20140221-1June 6, 2013, NEW YORK – A new report issued today by a top-level United Nations knowledge network under the auspices of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon lays out an action agenda to support global efforts to achieve sustainable development during the period 2015-2030.

“The post-2015 process is a chance for the global community to work towards a new era in sustainable development,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “The latest report from the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, the result of a collaboration between top scientists, technologists, businesses, and development specialists, is a critical input to the work we are doing to shape an ambitious and achievable post-2015 agenda.”

Read more: An Action Agenda for Sustainable Development: Networks Issues Report