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Preservation and Use of Indigenous Language key to Forest Conservation in the Guiana Shield

Preservation and Use of Indigenous Language key to Forest Conservation in the Guiana Shield

“Community Concepts and Communications for Understanding REDD+ and MRV” is the focus of a Guiana Shield Facility (GSF) funded project being implemented by the North... Read more

Calls for the GSF to Explore Marine Protected Area focus for the   Guiana Shield Reiterated at Sepanguy Symposium

Calls for the GSF to Explore Marine Protected Area focus for the Guiana Shield Reiterated at Sepanguy Symposium

Participants at the Sepanguy Protected Areas Symposium in October, 2014 in French Guiana reiterated the call for the Guiana Shield Facility (GSF) to explore a... Read more

Partnership with Indigenous and Local communities Key to Protected Areas Conservation

Partnership with Indigenous and Local communities Key to Protected Areas Conservation

A symposium on Protected Areas in the Guiana Shield commenced in French Guiana on Monday, October 13, 2014. The event was hosted in observance of... Read more

Cetaceans Species Threatened by Several Human Activities

Cetaceans Species Threatened by Several Human Activities

A recent report published by Claire Pusineri, Scientific Director of the Association of Ocean Science and Logistics (OSL) revealed that “there is an abundant and... Read more

Drought bites as Amazon’s ‘flying rivers’ dry up

Drought bites as Amazon’s ‘flying rivers’ dry up

The unprecedented drought now affecting São Paulo, South America's giant metropolis, is believed to be caused by the absence of the "flying rivers" − the... Read more

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Carbon storage and/or sequestration

Carbon storage and/or sequestration

Carbon sequestration is the term describing processes that remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. To help mitigate global warming, a variety of ways to capture and store carbon artificially (while... Read more

Hydrological regulation

Hydrological regulation

Estimates indicate that the region produces nearly half of the sum of the discharge of the Amazon and Orinoco Rivers, the first and third largest rivers in the world in... Read more

Biodiversity conservation

Biodiversity conservation

Contrary to the Kyoto Protocol of the Climate Change Convention, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has not yet generated a system of international payments for the conservation of biodiversity.... Read more

Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs)

Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs)

What are NTFPs? The term NTFP was first used in 1989, for “all biological materials other than timber, which are extracted from forests for human services.” However, over the years,... Read more

Sustainable Timber Harvesting

Sustainable Timber Harvesting

Timber production can be seen as a threat to the ecosystems of the Guiana Shield, but also as a possible sustainable commercial activity. Currently, timber harvesting is not considered economically... Read more

Sustainable tourism

Sustainable tourism

Sustainable tourism is another way of paying for ecosystem services, which encourages the conservation of natural as well as cultural resources. Business, including many forms of tourism, can be destructive... Read more

Map of Guiana ShieldThe Guiana Shield Facility (GSF) is a multi-donor funding facility for the long-term financing of national and regional activities to conserve ecosystems, protect biodiversity, and to sustain human livelihoods within the Guiana Shield eco-region.

The GSF supports the position that global significance of the Guiana Shield eco-region and its ecosystem services was, is, and will be the rationale for transfers between the international community and those responsible for maintaining the ecological and cultural integrity of the Guiana Shield. So far, the ecological significance has been best documented by the PSW report of April 2002, Read More ...

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Mark PLOTKIN: What the people of the Ama…

05-12-2014

{mp4remote}http://video.ted.com/talk/podcast/2014G/None/MarkPlotkin_2014G-480p.mp4{/mp4remote} "The greatest and most endangered species in the Amazon rainforest is not the jaguar or the harpy eagle," says Mark Plotkin, "It's the isolated and uncontacted tribes." In an energetic...

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