Because of its high coverage of tropical forests, REDD+ could be of interest to Suriname. Partly because of its strong tradition of sustainable forest management compared to other countries just little deforestation takes place. By decreasing the amounts of expected deforestation Suriname may be eligible for financial compensation from the REDD+ mechanism.
Mind you, the idea is in no way to stop logging or exports of timber and timber products. Deforestation for the purpose of the construction of roads, construction of agricultural land and hydro-power can continue. However, more sustainable methods of working will be promoted or made obligatory.
REDD+ creates economic value for standing forests and seeks to influence the planning and development so that deforestation is kept as low as possible, without inhibiting the development. Suriname decides for itself which parts of our forest we will retain, use or deforest for the benefit of our development.
In order to utilize the opportunities mentioned above in a way that contributes to our development it is very important:
- to expand existing monitoring and management systems, and develop new ones,
- as well as to formulate a national and broad-based REDD+ strategy, which could be applied in all sectors and takes into account all stakeholders.