25 March 2019 Suriname
On 25 January 2019 there was a Tropenbos International (TBI) network meeting in Wageningen, the Netherlands. The network is constituted of six countries, namely Colombia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Indonesia, Suriname, and Viet Nam, and the Wageningen office in the Netherlands as the coordinator. The chair of Tropenbos Suriname, Ir. D. Hindori, signed the Network Agreement with the chair of Tropenbos International, Dr. C. Hooymans. Both parties are determined to contribute to improved governance and management of forested landscapes in the tropics for the benefit of biodiversity and sustainable development.
03 September 2018 Suriname
In 2016, Tropenbos Suriname organized a seminar on participatory approaches to land use planning in regions with Indigenous and Tribal communities, where the Natural Capital approach was introduced to stakeholders and preliminary results from the research project of Sara Ramírez and activities in collaboration with Tropenbos Suriname were presented. This included the Participatory Three Dimensional Mapping (P3DM) exercises done in the Upper Suriname River area. For this seminar, Vanessa Benn from Iwokrama International Centre for Rainforest Conversation and Development was also invited to present the experiences in Guyana on this subject. During her stay in Suriname, Tropenbos Suriname organized a field visit to Pikinslee to show some of the work done there.
03 August 2018 Suriname
In collaboration with the local village foundation Kuluwayak, Tropenbos Suriname is carrying out a training in Apetina within the 2018 workplan of the Shared Resources, Joint solutions (SRJS) program. There are two training courses. The first course is focused on forest management and community forestry. The second course is focused on community based tools for the 'Plan de Vida' concept.
24 July 2018 Suriname
As part of our Land Use Planning project that started in 2013, Tropenbos Suriname conducted a 1-day seminar: ‘Sustainable land use planning in regions of Indigenous and Tribal Peoples’ for policy makers and representatives from the government, NGO’s, the private sector, and the local population. This seminar is a continuation of the activities in the Upper Suriname River area, where two 3D land use maps were produced with and for the communities. Apart from the 3D maps, an ecosystem service assessment was performed in the area and participative scenarios for the future were developed. A policy document ‘Saamaka Lio as habitat and productive landscape: Lessons for inclusive and sustainable land use planning from the Upper Suriname River area’ has been produced and was presented during this seminar. The ultimate goal is that all information is available as much as possible and is used as a planning tool by communities and policymakers to achieve sustainable development for the benefit of people, nature, and our country.
15 July 2015 Suriname
The Saamaka people live at the Upper Suriname River in the hinterlands of Suriname, an area which provides ecosystem goods and services for their livelihoods. In 2014, a participatory three dimensional mapping (P3DM) project was carried out together with 14 villages (about 5,000 people) in the northern part of the area to identify and map the geographic characteristics of the landscape and the different land uses. On 18 June 2015, a follow up to this project has been launched during an inception workshop at the village of Pikin Slee.