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Guyana Shield Initiative/ Avoided Deforestation through consolidation and creation of protected areas in the Guianan Region

As of: June 2019

Objective and activities

The aim of the project was the protection and sustainable management of important rainforest areas within the Guiana Shield, a cross-border region shared by three countries: Suriname, Guyana and Brazil. The project further intended to plan and equip protection areas in northern Brazil. In addition, national forest inventories were supported, using maps and satellite-based control systems. Building on these inventories, pilot forest conservation projects have been developed.

State of implementation/results

  • Project completed
  • Guyana established a MRV-System on which a system of performance-based payments for forest conservation was based on.
  • Seven Brazilian protected areas with a total of 15,8 million hectares have officially adopted management plans.
  • Surinam successfully submitted the Readiness Preparation Proposal (R-PP) to the Carbon Fund of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility.
  • As a result of a regional knowledge exchange experiences from neighbouring countries were shared and could be used.
  • Training measures were implemented with the state environmental authorities, municipalities and local authorities.

Project data

Brazil, Guyana, Suriname

Implementing organisation:
KfW Entwicklungsbank

Partner institution(s):
  • " Ministry of Physical Planning, Land & Forest Management - Suriname", Secretariat for Economic Development - Brazil
  • Conservation International Foundation

BMU grant:
€ 2,250,000

10/2009 till 12/2014


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