Forests of the Amazon makes up 93% of the land surface of Suriname, with a total of 14.8 million ha. Our forests are threatened by deforestation (by logging) and by impacts of climate change (forest fires due to drought). In Suriname, we want to preserve and protect these forests and to encourage this, from May 2017 to December 2019, the GCCA+ project, contributed to capacity building through training provided to the Forest Rangers in the Matawai Community along the Upper Saramacca River. During this project, which was funded by the European Union (EU) in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Forest Conservation project in Suriname, the Forest Rangers, a group of young men and women, were trained by the Amazon Conservation Team Suriname (ACT-S).
Joint Stakeholder Consultation - Ensuring Gender Integration in UNFPA, UNWomen and UNDP New Programme Cycle, 2022-2026
Mangroves are important - for life on earth. Communities living along the coast, depend on mangroves for food, coastal protection and income. Taking all these elements into consideration, mangroves enable this through the provision of ecosystem services while providing fish, timber, clean water and supporting tourism.
Suriname made a promise to itself and the rest of the world to cooperate in mitigating the effects of climate change. Much effort will be put into action that helps to protect the environment and find alternative, environmentally friendly ways to bring development for the population. This great promise was made two years ago, in 2019, in the United Nations (UN)
While there is limited socio-economic data on the Indigenous communities of Suriname, as in many other countries, they are more likely to face privation and poverty, and COVID-19 has painfully exposed this inequality.
Latin America and The Caribbean is living a unique moment where we are facing an unprecedented triple crisis caused by: COVID19,ClimateChange and biodiversity loss.
In order to alleviate the shortage in protective gear, the GCCA+ Climate Change Suriname Adaptation - Phase 2 Project, funded by the European Union and the United Nations Development Programme contributed by providing personal protective equipment (PPE) and cleaning supplies to theMungra Medical Center hospital.

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