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). With this programme ACT aims to establish a programme of conservation rangers in the Matawai Tribal Peoples’ area to improve local capacity for monitoring and data collection, taking advantage of this crucial confluence of opportunities for forests and sustainable development. With this training, the foresters were trained to ensure that the forests in the interior areas are managed sustainably.
Poor air quality also has major economic impacts in the form of higher medical costs, reduced worker productivity and damage to soil, crops, forests, lakes, and rivers. Therefore, we must work to reduce air pollution, by adopting a strategy that has a cooperative benefit for both climate and health, reducing the burden of disease attributed to air pollution and mitigating climate change in the short and long term.
We humans must ensure that clean air is available to all by taking actions. Starting with ourselves there are things that we can do such as not unnecessarily taking the car out and not burning waste in the back garden.