This study presents a national inventory and evaluation of existing finance mechanisms in Suriname with a focus on the support of sustainable forest management (SFM), including conservation of forests.
This report estimates the wider forest-related economic activities’ directly and indirectly contributing to GDP roughly at US$ 98 million (4% of GDP) through:
- Directly: sustainable forest logging and industrial processing (US$ 33 million)
- Directly: sustainable production of non-timber forest products (US$ 5 million)
- Indirectly: non-sustainable shifting cultivation in agroforestry and agriculture (US$ 35 million)
- Indirectly: sustainable nature related tourism and other paid for services (US$ 25 million).
Timber harvesting remains by far the most important economic activity in the forest, but largely inefficient and with low productivity at 0.11 m3 roundwood per hectare (utility rate), around 19% of its potential.