Tropical protection – International boost for forests

Suriname has established a conservation foundation to manage protected areas equaling roughly 15 percent of the South American nation’s 63,000 square miles.

The protected area will include a nature reserve of four million acres created by the government in 1998 with an initial donation of $1 million from Conservation International.

The foundation has a $15 million endowment from the U.N. Development Program, Conservation International, Global Environment Facility and the U.N. Foundation.

The foundation will assess the forest reserves to create a management and monitoring system, and will also look at ways to promote eco-tourism.

“The establishment of the foundation shows that there is global support for our country’s commitment to nature and the protection of tropical forests,” President Jules Wijdenbosch said in a joint written statement with the groups that donated money for the foundation’s endowment.



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