Suriname tells of its efforts in promoting sustainable forest managementListen /
Suriname has put a lot of effort in promoting sustainable forest management and forest conservation, Minister of Physical Planning, Land Management and Forestry, Ginmardo Kromosoeto told the UN Forum on Forests, now taking place in Istanbul.
He said Suriname is part of the rich Amazon rainforest region which possesses and maintains one of the largest stretches of pristine tropical rainforest in the world.
Minister Kromosoeto said Suriname is one of only 11 countries characterized as a "high forest, low deforestation" country. He says thanks to sustainable forestry management and nature conservation since the early 1950s, 13 per cent of the country's land was classified as a protected area.
“The forest of Suriname does not only cover a great deal of the biodiversity but is above all a residential area of the indigenous and tribal communities. Suriname continues the process of optimum utilization of the forests designated for sustainable timber harvesting and increased the annual sustainable harvested production by 100 percent within the past three years to 400-thousand cubic metres. Still, this is less than the estimated potential of the production forests which is estimated at 1.4 million cubic metres per year. The availability of human resources and adequate awareness of sustainable forest management on all levels are necessary to implement this. To neutralize this lack of capacity, Suriname organizes structural awareness-building events for all stakeholders which include also students in forestry. Therefore, we annually organize activities with regard to World Forestry Day amongst all. Although forest is one of the biggest renewable natural resources, it contributes only two percent of GDP and less than 1 percent to the national exports.”
The Central Suriname Nature Reserve, some 1.6 million hectares of land, had been designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a World Heritage Site.
The Forum, holding its first ever session outside United Nations Headquarters in New York, is the only international body that addresses all forest and tree policy issues.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.