Suriname aims, through the development of a National Satellite Land Monitoring System portal, to provide forest and land cover change monitoring information to the broader public and to improve data sharing and collaboration between partner institutions. The Foundation for Forest Management and Production Control (SBB) in Suriname carries out this activity in a participatory manner, including approximately fifteen sector ministries and institutions within the process.

Through the UN-REDD Programme, FAO is providing support to the National Forest Monitoring System in Paramaribo, which is organized by the SBB through the National REDD+ Readiness Programme. The National REDD+ Readiness Programme is coordinated by the National Institute for Environment and Development in Suriname (NIMOS), with support from UNDP.

Following progress on the conceptualization of the Satellite Land Monitoring System, which is a component of the National Forest Monitoring System, a workshop was held from 14 to 18 November to introduce the national project, its objectives and discuss the requirements for a national satellite land monitoring system geo portal. Over 30 participants from all concerned Ministries (agriculture, cadaster, statistics) - Center for Agricultural Research in Suriname (CELOS), MI-GLIS and ABS (Statistics Department); the private sector, the national university Anton de Kom Universiteit (ADEKUS), and NGOs, such as WWF and Conservation International, had the opportunity to learn about the basics of the Satellite Land Monitoring System and conceptualize the development of the national geo portal. The participants built their knowledge on usage and administration of the portal itself and have now the capacity to manage and maintain the national platform.

Suriname workshop web

A follow-up event will be held later in 2016 to support the accuracy assessment of the existing national maps in order to allow the national counterparts (CELOS and SBB) to assess the accuracy of existing geospatial products. These products are created by the Forest Cover Monitoring Unit in the SBB within the framework of the project “Monitoring the Forest Cover of the Amazon region” of the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO).

For more information, please contact Ms Inge Jonckheere, Forestry Officer, FAO headquarters, Rome (e-mail: ) or Ms Sarah Crabbe, SBB National Technical Coordinator, Paramaribo, Suriname (e-mail: ).

Photo: Priscilla Miranda, Research and
Development Officer SBB, presenting