news-20150522-1The Guiana Shield, covering 270 million hectares in Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname and French Guyana, is one of the most important eco-regions in the world, with an enormous variety of ecosystems, some of which are unique in the world. It contains one of the largest undisturbed areas of primary tropical forest in the world with a carbon sequestration of approximately 500 million tons per year, and it provides 10 to 15% of the world’s fresh water supply.

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Greater Enforcement Needed in the Mining Sector to Prevent Biodiversity Loss

news-20150522-1May 22 was declared International Day for Biological Diversity by United Nations fifteen years ago to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. This year, International Day for Biological Diversity is celebrated under the theme, "Biodiversity for sustainable Development."
The theme reflects the importance of efforts made at all levels to establish a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of the United Nations Post-2015 Development Agenda for the period 2015-2030 and the relevance of biodiversity for the achievement of sustainable development.

Read more: International Day for Biological Diversity, 2015

Dr. Patrick Chesney, GSF Chief Technical Advisor delivering his presentationDr. Patrick Chesney, GSF Chief Technical Advisor delivering his presentationTwenty participants representing the governments of all six countries of the Guiana Shield (GS) and other key partners and stakeholders met at the Herdmanston Lodge in Georgetown from March 11-13, 2015 to draft the GSF post- 2014 programme.

At the opening ceremony, Dr. Patrick Chesney, GSF Chief Technical Advisor presented on the specific workshop objectives. He explained that the drafting of the GSF post-2014 programme document should be based on:

Read more: Guiana Shield Countries Come Together to Draft the GSF Post-2014 Programme

The Guiana Shield Priority Setting Platform (GSPSP) was launched at a welcome cocktail reception on the occasion of the GSF Post-2014 Programme Planning Meeting.

Representatives from Countries of the Guiana Shield along with UNDP Resident Representative, Ms. Khadija Musa (centre) and Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment - Guyana, Hon. Robert Persaud (extreme right) clicking the button to launch the GSPSP.Representatives from Countries of the Guiana Shield along with UNDP Resident Representative, Ms. Khadija Musa (centre) and Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment - Guyana, Hon. Robert Persaud (extreme right) clicking the button to launch the GSPSP.The event was hosted by the UNDP Resident Representative, Ms. Khadija Musa, on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at the Herdmanston Lodge in Georgetown with high level government representatives from countries of the Guiana Shield, representatives from the EU delegation in Guyana and other local, international partners and UN agencies in attendance.

In 2013, the GSF began consolidating the elements of a Guiana Shield Priority Setting Platform (GSPSP) as an integrated, interdisciplinary platform to monitor the drivers of deforestation, and to provide inputs for forest monitoring for Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES).

Read more: Guiana Shield Priority Setting Platform Launched

news-20150129-1According to the BBC, Brazil's Minister of Environment, Izabella Teixeira said the country's three most populous states are experiencing their worst drought since 1930 and describes the water crisis as delicate and worrying.

It is against this backdrop that Teixeira made a call for the states of Sao Paula, Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais to save water. The appeal was made just after an emergency meeting in Brasilia.

Read more: Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais Must Save Water as Drought Worsens