Preserving Suriname’s Immense Marine and Coastal Biodiversity through Greening Infrastructure Development

 A group of reef manta rays (Mobula alfredi)

The development of shipping routes may intersect the habitats and migratory routes of manta rays in Suriname

Under the Greening Transportation Infrastructure Development (GRID) Integrated Program (IP), the projectPreserving Suriname’s Immense Marine and Coastal Biodiversity Through Greening Infrastructure Development” aims to support upstream measures—including policies, planning processes, and guidelines—so that upcoming transportation infrastructure in Suriname is done in a way that maintains or even enhances the natural environment.

The project is focused on upcoming port development projects, which are positioned within Suriname’s ecologically significant coastal and marine ecosystems. The construction of ports, upgrading of connecting access roads, and increased shipping traffic can lead to environmental impacts on these ecosystems, including vital mangrove habitat. The development and increased shipping routes may also intersect the habitats and migratory routes of Guiana dolphin, Antillean manatee, sea turtles including the leatherback, whales, manta rays, and whale sharks. In line with the government’s environmental commitments, the project will work upstream to bring together relevant ministries and private sector stakeholders to advance integrated and balanced transportation development. This will support trade and movement while securing the protection of ecosystems and biodiversity. The upstream planning policies and planning processes will also be applicable to terrestrial needs and have wider impacts on future transportation infrastructure projects in Suriname.

  • Aerial view of a cargo ship transports containers of garbage across blue waters for recycling factory.

    Increased shipping traffic can lead to negative environmental impacts

  • leatherback turtle

    Leatherback sea turtles can be affected by infrastructure development

  • Cargo boats in Europe

    The construction of ports can lead to negative environmental impacts

Country: Suriname
Focal Area: Biodiversity, Climate Change Mitigation
Project Status: Project Development
GEF Project ID: 11472
Implementing Agency: WWF-US
Executing Agency: Ministry of Spatial Planning and Environment
GEF Project Grant: USD $2,346,478
Co-Financing: USD $6,570,000
GEF Agency Fee: USD $211,182

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