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Forest monitoring technical support to benefit Suriname

  • CATIE’s contribution is provided through the Foundation for Forest Management and Production Control

April 21, 2017. Through support that is pursuing the national integration of a multipurpose forest monitoring system in Suriname, which is offered to the country through the Foundation for Forest Management and Production Control (Dutch acronym SBB), CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) is providing technical collaboration thanks to the project Mechanisms and networks for technology transfer related to climate change in Latin America and the Caribbean.

For this reason, project coordinator Mario Chacón was in Paramaribo, Suriname from April 5 to 8, working with SBB staff on the preparation of a work plan that will guide the collaborative actions.

“Improving forest monitoring in Suriname through the adoption of technologies for the dissemination and gathering of information will help the country in making decisions based on up-to-date information,” said Chacón. He added that this effort will serve as the basis for the development of reports, such as those that must be submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) or for the Forestry Assessment of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), among others.

In addition, the project intends to contribute by ensuring that stakeholders such as local communities, the private sector and academia, have open access to the information generated by the national forest monitoring system. This will support the stakeholders during their daily decision-making, ensuring with this, that the economic development of the country is sustainable and compatible with a changing climate.

This joint effort of CATIE and SBB involves the development of a work package that includes creating, integrating and synchronizing current forest monitoring tools, creating information management platforms on the web and for mobile devices, as well as providing training to the staff of SBB and its partners, in order to transfer and adopt the technology for the use of the stakeholders with whom SBB works.

Implemented by CATIE’s Program for Production and Conservation in Forests and coordinated by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) with funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the project Mechanisms and networks for technology transfer related to climate change in Latin America and the Caribbean was initiated in 2015 and it will continue until the second half of 2018.

This project is promoting the development of environmentally sound technology transfer in order to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and vulnerability to climate change in the energy, transport, agricultural and forestry sectors.

More information about this project is available on the web site: https://www.catie.ac.cr/tecnologias-monitoreo-forestal/

For more information:

Sarah Crabbe
Deputy Director Research and Development
SBB
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Mario Chacón
Coordinator
Project: Mechanisms and networks for technology transfer related to climate change in Latin America and the Caribbean
Program for Production and Conservation in Forests
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Marianela Argüello L.
Program for Production and Conservation in Forests
CATIE
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