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In the News 29th April 2014
Guiana Shield Biodiversity Corridors Workshop at Kurupukari
A workshop to streamline support in the countries of the Guiana Shield for achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets will be held at the Iwokrama River Lodge and Research Centre, Kurupukari, during May 21-23, 2014.
The Guiana Shield (area: 2.7 million km2; population: 8 million) is a unique and very special part of our planet, and ranks as one of the world’s last great wild places, occupying roughly the northeastern third of Amazonia, and that it is particularly noteworthy for its endemism, unique ecosystems, and exceptionally pristine state, as well as for its cultural diversity. It has a higher percentage of intact tropical rain forests than any other region on Earth, with some 80-90% still in pristine condition. This fact places the Guiana Shield in a truly privileged position in terms of natural resources, and it is one of the few places left on Earth where all options are still available, and where development and conservation can proceed hand-in-hand — maintaining healthy ecosystems and advancing economically at the same time.
Countries of the Guiana Shield are pursuing policies within the framework of the Convention of Biological Diversity that emphasises the importance of establishing biodiversity corridors to avoid landscape fragmentation and loss of species and habitats for biodiversity. Cooperation among the countries is required to pursue and achieve this worthwhile objective.
The Guiana Shield Facility (GSF) of the United National Development Programme (UNDP) has a strong focus on science cooperation, including data collection and knowledge sharing through the International Society of Biodiversity of the Guiana Shield (IBG) and the periodic Biodiversity Congresses, and on priority setting, through Science-Policy Consortia, with an ecoregional assessment and planning framework on biodiversity and ecosystem services updated periodically, and an emphasis on enabling public polices / decisions based on sound science.
The GSF is partnering with the LifeWeb Initiative of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, which facilitates financing for biodiversity conservation, to bring together international experts, Guiana Shield policy makers and protected areas practitioners, for the “Workshop on Biodiversity Corridors in the Guiana Shield to provide technical inputs for the streamlining of support for the achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets”.
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