COE Groen and partners investigate sustainable forest management in Suriname

COE Groen and partners investigate sustainable forest management in Suriname

Suriname - 23 mei, 2024

The Centers of Expertise, COE, Groen has tested innovative methods of forest monitoring inland for the Sustainable Forest Management Suriname project The Surinamese institutions, the Foundation for Forest Management and Forest Supervision, SBB and Tropenbos Suriname, together with Dutch partners Hogeschool Van Hall Larenstein and Cambisol, have tested innovative methods of forest monitoring. This included the use of drones and camera traps, in collaboration with traditional authorities and residents of the Aucan village of Ovia Olo in the Marowijne forest. The aim was to assess whether these new methods are useful for more sustainable management of community forests. Centers of Expertise, CoE, are sustainable action-oriented partnerships in which universities of applied sciences, companies, governments and other public and social organizations jointly research, innovate, experiment and invest for future-proof higher vocational education and professional practice and to accelerate desired economic and social transitions.

The Sustainable Forest Management Suriname project has been set up for four theme areas, with the aim of further improving the quality of national forest management through new, innovative ideas. It includes collaboration between five Surinamese partner organizations, namely the Jan Starke Training and Recreation Center in Zanderij, the Foundation for Forest Management and Forest Supervision (SBB), Tropenbos Suriname, the Center for Agricultural Research in Suriname (CELOS) and the Nature Technical Institute Suriname (NATIN). ), together with five Dutch organizations led by two universities of applied sciences, Van Hall Larenstein and InHolland. This two-year project started last year.

One of the thematic areas discussed concerns forest monitoring, which involves closely observing developments within the forest and collecting relevant information to improve forest management. Traditional forest monitoring methods include drawing up forest type maps or deforestation maps, as well as keeping records of trees felled by concessionaires.
During the COE Green field week of April 2024 in Ovia Olo, innovative methods were tested for their usability and applicability, such as flying drones and placing camera traps. In a final workshop - after the field week - the information collected during the week and the methods used are presented, analyzed and discussed. Problems, possible solutions and opportunities regarding broader application of these new methods of forest monitoring in Surinamese practice are discussed.

This working week also offered an opportunity to strengthen collaborations between all parties involved. It was a platform on which the challenges and new opportunities surrounding sustainable forest management and monitoring in Suriname were jointly explored and discussed. This underlines the involvement of both local communities and external partners in the pursuit of effective and sustainable management of Surinamese forests.

The findings and experiences were presented and discussed during a final workshop in Paramaribo. The testing period ran from April 23 to 25, followed by the presentation of the results to stakeholders on April 26.

Published May 10, 2024 on