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Educational
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Green Educational Boxes

More than 50 teachers of 22 schools in Upper Suriname were trained last week in giving environmental education. A group of environmental trainers of different environmental organizations, especially for this course was drawn to new Aurora, a large village along the upper Suriname River. The teaching material for the green education program, was collected in so-called green education boxes.  The wooden boxes are manufactured by young people from the area itself. Specific attention is given to plastic pollution, and the uncontrolled use of mercury in small-scale gold mining, both relevant to the area.
The project is funded by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), with support from the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. 
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SuReSur
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Recycling in the Upper Suriname River

The Foundation Support Recycling Suriname (SuReSur) expands its activities to the upper Suriname area in Sipaliwini. Thanks to support of WWF SuReSur will start in 9 villages along the upper Suriname River with the collection of plastic bottles, plastic bags and aluminum beverage cans. The collection bins are already placed.
They will also work on raising awareness about recycling.   At every collection bin, there is a hand press to decrease the size of plastic bottles and aluminum cans, to allow large volumes to be transported from the villages to a temporary storage facility in Atjoni. Collection is done until sufficient quantities can be transported to a recycling facility in Paramaribo.
Support for this project also comes from the office of the District Commissioner, local foundations and the 9 villages Pamboko, Gingiston, Amakakondre, Abenaston, Kaajapati, Jaw Jaw, Njun Aurora, Botopassi en Pokigron.
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Water
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Water Governance

WWF funded a three-day water governance seminar in Suriname, last March. 30 participants were trained in the principles of water governance and how various national and local institutions need to collaborate to improve water management systems. The expertise displayed technical, judicial, financial, social and administrative knowledge needed to achieve sustainable water management. Key elements of the training involved the identification of relevant objectives for water management and the development of a roadmap for integrated water management.

WWF Guianas commends Norway and Guyana on efforts to make REDD+ work

 
	© Roger Leguen / WWF
View from above: Guianas tropical rainforests
© Roger Leguen / WWF
Georgetown, October 27, 2014 – WWF Guianas welcomes Guyana President Ramotar’s announcement of Norway’s 2012 calendar year performance-based payment into the Guyana REDD+ Investment Fund (GRIF). The payment of US$35 million included a reduction by US$10 million, due to the unfortunate uptick in deforestation between 2011 and 2012.
(2011 saw 0.054% deforestation and the deforestation rate in 2012 was 0.079%).

However, preliminary 2013 results indicate the rate of deforestation dropped to 0.068% last year (a 15% reduction from 2012); an encouraging development, signifying a payment closer to the $45 million annual maximum amount will be due once those results are verified.
 
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WWF Guianas hosts International CMRV workshop

 
	© Raquel Thomas-Iwokrama International Centre
Travel to workshop location
© Raquel Thomas-Iwokrama International Centre
August 2014

An international exchange workshop on Community Measurement, Reporting, and Verification (CMRV) was hosted in Guyana to share lessons amongst CMRV practitioners from around the world. Guyana was selected due to its leadership role within this theme.

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Preliminary Report Biodiversity Assessment Rupununi

 
	© The BAT team
Collecting species at the Biodiversity Assessment expedition
© The BAT team
 February 2014
The Guianas are still largely undiscovered and expeditions are bound to bring home new species. The preliminary report from the Biodiversity Assessment Team that set out to the untraveled Rupununi last year, is now available.

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Largest population Leatherbacks at risk because of longline fisheries

 
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Leatherback at the beach of French Guiana
© WWF Guianas
February 2014
Leatherbacks that nest at the Guianas beaches belong to the last large Leatherback populations in the world. 
The Guianas beaches are still a relative safe haven for these gentle giants.
However, an international study  -based on satellite research tracking 106 Leatherbacks in the Atlantic and southwest Indian Oceans- shows great risks for these populations by longline fishing efforts. 

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Kaieteur Park Wardens installed

 
	© Anne Philips
Kaieteur National park
© Anne Philips
February 2014

Four new park wardens, that were trained in partnership with WWF in Guyana, are now installed at Kaieteur National Park.

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2,4 million Euro for Discovery Centre in Peperpot Park

 
	© Paul Spaltman
Design for Discovery Centre in Peperpot Nature Park
© Paul Spaltman
February 2014
At a grand gala event attended by the Dutch prime minister, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the Dutch Postcode Lottery presented WWF Guianas with a Euro 2.4 million donation.

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Kick-Off Marine Turtle Campaign 2014

 
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Do not eat Marine Turtle eggs
© WWF Guianas
January 2014

The Marine Turtle Campaign 2014 against consumption of turtle egss has started.

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Safe guarding Wilderness Areas

 
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Interior of the Guianas
© WWF Guianas
January 2014
A large triangular block of land between Guyana and Suriname is coming under increasing threat.

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Brazil and France to act illegal gold mining

 
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Small scale gold mining in Protected Area
© WWF Guianas
December 2013

Brasília (DF) – The recent ratification of an agreement between Brazil and France means that the two countries will act together in the fight against illegal gold mining.

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Biodiversity Assessment in Guyana's jungle

 
	© The BAT team-John
One of the many collected species during the expedition
© The BAT team-John
November 2013

Recently WWF's Biodiversity Assessment Team studied one of the most unique ecosystems of Amazonia.

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