Several Regional and International specialists on mangrove ecosystems were recently exposed to information about Guyana’s mangrove restoration practices and efforts during the recently concluded Guianas Regional Mangrove Ecosystem Training Workshop hosted in Coronie, Suriname from May 6 to 10, 2019.
The event, which was organized by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Guianas, Stichting SORTS Suriname and the Mangrove Action Project (MAP), facilitated networking opportunities for some 25 representatives from across the Region. Participants were able to benefit from applicable information exchange break-out sessions as governments and other institutions join forces to strengthen their country’s natural sea defenses.
The workshop, which was funded by the SRJS programme (WWF NL and IUCN NL), saw participants representing various Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), universities, local communities, entrepreneurs and private sector operatives from Suriname, Guyana and French Guiana.
Coordinator of the Mangrove Restoration and Management Department, Kene Moseley said that the workshop facilitated an exchange of information among subject experts from the Region and other countries.
“During theoretical and practical field sessions we shared information about Guyana’s efforts to minimize migratory of shore birds and engaged in dialogue about our mangroves restoration and monitoring practices,” Moseley said.
The institute is currently invested in mud bank movement, and will soon collaborate with Professor Edward Anthony, an expert in mud bank movements, to build local knowledge and capacity. The institute will also be collaborating with University of Guyana to foster knowledge sharing.
The team from Guyana comprised of representatives from NAREI, World Wildlife Fund Guyana, Civil Defence Commission, Environmental Protection Agency, Guyana Forestry Commission, Guyana Lands and Survey Commission, University of Guyana and Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Sea & River Defence Division.