Central Suriname Nature Reserve

Central Suriname Nature Reserve

The Central Suriname Nature Reserve (CSNR) was established in 1998 and was the largest nature reserve in the world. The reserve covers 1.6 million hectares of pristine tropical rain forest in central Suriname. The area includes a variety of topographies and ecosystems, a wide diversity of flora and fauna and produces a significant amount of freshwater.

These unique characteristics are the main reason why the CSNR has been added to the “World Heritage List” of UNESCO in 2000 as a World Heritage Site. This project is focused on supporting national policy for green economic development by demonstrating the value of ecosystem services in Suriname.

Conservation International Suriname has set the following goals:

• To make the CSNR financially sustainable and

• To demonstrate that natural capital can contribute financially in national economic development.

Key deliverables:

• To encourage a public private partnership for the rejuvenation and development of ecotourism in the CSNR

• Strengthening the capacity of the Forest Management Department of the GoS in order to manage the CSNR

Main activities:

• Develop a tourism development and investment prospectus that will position the CSNR as a leading global model;
Develop a new model for sustainable tourism in the CSNR that addresses environmental, community well being and economic considerations.

• Engage priority strategic partners (tour operators, investors, etc.) in the Netherlands and U.S.

 Sustainable Travel International (S.T.I.)


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