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Map of the three Guianas, including their Protected Areas.
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For more than 50 years, WWF has been one of the world’s leading NGO’s in conservation. WWF’s network is active in more than 100 countries and encourages more than 5 million supporters worldwide. It is WWF's Mission Statement to stop the degradation of the planet's natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature

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Wetland in the North Rupununi
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February 2, 2017 is World Wetlands Day (WWD), an international observance established in 1997 by the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, to reminds us all how important wetlands are for our planet, and for our lives.
The Ramsar Secretariat has identified this year’s theme as “Wetlands for Disaster Risk Reduction”. WWF in Guyana has organized a special panel discussion with key partners from the local Government, to address the topic and anlayse its meaning from a local perspective. Read more here.
Promoting Integrated and Participatory Ocean Governance in Guyana and Suriname
© Jerrel Pinas

Promoting Integrated and Participatory Ocean Governance in Guyana and Suriname

WWF Guianas and the EU signed and launched the project Promoting Integrated and Participatory Ocean Governance in Guyana and Suriname: the Eastern Gate to the Caribbean.
The Promoting Integrated and Participatory Ocean Governance in Guyana and Suriname project will significantly enhance protection of marine and coastal resources of Guyana and Suriname through designation of MPAs and informed marine spatial management. Read more here
Shark bycatch in the Caribbean Sea
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A New Scope Study by WWF-Guianas Determines the Threats Sharks and Rays Are Exposed to.

Sharks and rays populations are vulnerable to overfishing.
This vulnerability is linked to their life history traits: they characteristically grow slowly, mature late and have a low reproductive rate. As a result, populations of both species have been declining globally at a fast pace. [...] read more

Olive Ridley Marine Turtles
© Roger Leguen for WWF

The key role of fisheries to preserve our marine biodiversity

Monday October 17th 2016, during the “Code of Practice for Captains Training programme”, Sopheia Edghill, Marine Conservation Officer for WWF Guyana presented on “Managing the interaction with Endangered, Threatened and Protected (ETP) Species within the Guyana Seabob Trawl Fisheries"...read more
Representatives from the Guyana Government, international and national partners and institutions at the Opt-In Readiness Project launch
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WWF-Guianas launches the Opt-in Readiness Project in North Rupununi, Guyana

On October 17th 2016, WWF-Guianas and the North Rupununi District Development Board (NRDDB), with funding from the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad), launched their Opt-in Readiness Project in Annai, North Rupununi. The project will prepare the 7,000 people in nineteen indigenous communities that inhabit this region in South Guyana to become active participants and beneficiaries of Guyana’s Green Economy. read more
IVth International Congress on Biodiversity of the Guiana Shield
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IVth International Congress on Biodiversity of the Guiana Shield

From 8-12 August the IVth International Congress on Biodiversity of the Guiana Shield is held in Georgetown, Guyana. The theme of this Congress is Leveraging our high endemicity, cultural diversity, and intact ecosystems for inclusive growth and secure features.
We would like to share with you an overview of the Congress this week. Follow us daily on Facebook  (https://www.facebook.com/WWFGuianas.org/) and get involved in the discussion, leave a comment and share with your network.
Click on the link below to see what thoughts participants, key note speakers and presenters have in this Congress.

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Mangrove and peri-urban coastal protection in Suriname

	© WWFGuianas/ Mangrove Forum Suriname
© WWFGuianas/ Mangrove Forum Suriname
The growing awareness on climate change brings coastal protection into the public eye. With its low-lying coastal capital, Suriname is markedly vulnerable to climate impacts. At present, large stretches of mangrove act as a green protective buffer along the country`s dynamic shoreline. The integrity of this critical ecosystem is, however, increasingly threatened in the peri-urban region due to urbanization. Ad hoc responses to localized flooding reflect the lack of a sound policy framework. Read more
Monitoring the impact of gold mining on forest cover and freshwater in the Guiana Shield
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Monitoring the impact of gold mining on forest cover and freshwater in the Guiana Shield

assesses the impact of gold mining across Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana and the Brazilian State of Amapá. Coordinated through the French Forestry Agency (ONF)’s ‘REDD+ for the Guiana Shield’ Program with co-funding from WWF Guianas, the study uses appropriate satellite data to assess gold mining impacts on forest cover and freshwater. The analyses and report also compares, spatially, the impacts across the region. Read more

The Living Blue Planet Report

The Living Blue Planet Report
Populations of marine mammals, birds, reptiles and fish are in serious decline worldwide according to WWF’s Living Blue Planet Report. “in the space of a single generation, human activity has severely damaged the ocean by catching fish faster than they can reproduce while also destroying their nurseries. Profound changes are needed to ensure abundant ocean life for future generations” says Marco Lambertini, Director General of WWF International. Read more

WWF Guianas three year programme (2015-2018)

WWF Guianas have embarked on an ambitious new three year programme (2015-2018) that builds on our strengths and successes over many years in the region. For those of you wanting a summary of our intended focus you are welcome to download a 4-page synopsis.

Making a critical contribution

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© WWF Guianas
WWF works in over 80 countries around the world, and here in the Guianas we are providing crucial inputs to this global effort.  For ease of reference, we have captured the scope and importance of our work in a one page infographic for you to download

Impacts of sand mining on beaches in Suriname

WWF Guianas is proud to present
Impacts of sand mining on beaches in Suriname,
a study by professor Edward J. Anthony Consultant in Geomorphology and Shoreline Management.
The goal of this report is to inform the Surinamese Government and Public on the impacts of
sand mining on beaches in Suriname, based on the analysis of satellite images of the Suriname
coast, and on ground observations on Braamspunt beach, and the necessity for conservation of
beach sand budgets, beaches being a fundamental element of the coast of Suriname.
The expertise proposed in the course of this work notably covers the following themes: (1) the
Suriname coastal system and the role of sandy beaches in this system; (2) the importance of
beaches as wave-energy buffers fundamental in coastal protection and as sites for the nesting of
marine turtles; and (3) the impacts of sand removal on beaches and on the stability of the
Suriname coast.

Impacts of sand mining on beaches in Suriname Report

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© WWF Guianas

Mercury contamination in the Guianas, 2015

“Mercury in the environment has been of global concern for many years. A new WWF report brings together the large body of scientific research that has investigated its impact across the Guianas with the clear conclusion that mercury needs to be phased out of the small-scale gold mining sector immediately”
Click here to download the report

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WWF Guianas Offices

Regional Office Suriname
Henck Arronstraat 63 Suite E
Paramaribo, Suriname
Phone:    (597) 422 357
Fax:          (597) 422 349

Guyana Office
285 Irving Street
Queenstown, Georgetown, Guyana
Phone:    (592)  223-7802
Fax:         (592)  223-7801

French Guiana Office
Lotissement Katoury no. 5
Route Montabo 97300
Cayenne, French Guiana
Phone/Fax:    (594) 594 31 38 28


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