The Coppenamemonding Nature Reserve, a large 12,000 ha area situated in the North Saramacca MUMA, is of international value and is the only wetland in Suriname included on the list of wetlands of the Ramsar Convention. (Ramsar site no. 304.)3
Another well-known is the Bigi Pan MUMA, this area encompasses about 68,300 ha of land (partly inundated by fresh or brackish water) and at least an equal area of sea (water)4
The Bigi Pan MUMA is an internationally important area for breeding birds, up to 3,000 pairs of herons, egrets and passage and wintering waterbirds. Impressive numbers of Scarlet Ibis (Eudocimus ruber) and Semipalmated sandpiper (Calidris pusilla) gather at the site. There is limited ecotourism in the reserve and low-level subsistence use by fishermen5
To help mitigate the effects of climate change, affecting our biodiversity, the Global Climate Change Alliance Suriname Adaptation Project (#GCCA+ Project), supported the Mangrove Conservation and Rehabilitation project in Bering Hole, located in the Bigi Pan MUMA (Nickerie district, Suriname) together with the local community of Nickerie and the Anton De Kom University Suriname (ADEK University Suriname) in May 2017. This project was executed with the financial support of the European Union (#EU) and the United Nations Development Programme (#UNDP) and supported by the government of Suriname.
The GCCA+ Phase 2 project also provides ongoing assistance to the National Forest Monitoring system through its support of the mangrove biodiversity monitoring system which includes proposed efforts to establish a national wetland classification system and map due to the close relationship between coastal wetlands and mangrove forests and the relevance of this data to the conservation of mangrove forests in Suriname.
Ms. Verginia Wortel, Head of the Division of Forestry / Acting Head of the Division of Agriculture Center for Agricultural Research in Suriname (CELOS) states that “it’s important for us, as a society, of which the majority is living in and near wetlands, to acknowledge the importance and value of our wetlands”, independent of ethnicity, social standing, and political color
Ms. Wortel also indicates that “the GCCA+ Phase 2 project, with the support of EU and the UNDP, invests in human capital and research on the functioning (intricacies) of complex processes? of wetlands, which will in turn help find climate smart solutions towards conservation and restoration of our wetlands, thus investing in health and wellbeing of people and wetlands.”
“Taking action to promote responsible management of our wetlands is key to the sustainability of wetlands and communities” Ms. Wortel added in conclusion.
Sustainable development can’t be achieved if we don’t take decisive action for its preservation. It is of critical importance that the community is well educated on the most rapidly disappearing ecosystem. “A world without wetlands is a world without water”.
-  Source : https://www.wetlands.org/wetlands/why-wetlands-matter/
-  Source :https://www.wetlands.org/wetlands
-  Basemap source : https://www.gonini.org/
-  Source: Bigi Pan Management Plan 2013-2023
-  Source: https://rsis.ramsar.org/ris/304