Discussing work programme and funding in Brussels
Matt Simpson has just returned from Brussels where he attended meetings hosted at the EU to discuss the work programme and funding for the Guiana Shield Facility (GSF) up until 2020. 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.
This unique Eco-Region covers 250 million hectares, and extends from Colombia in the west to the State of Amapá in Brazil in the east. It includes the Venezuelan states of Delta Amacuro, Amazonas and Bolívar, encompasses all of Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana and continues into the ecologically associated areas of the Brazilian states of Pará, Roraima and Amazonas. The region contains the largest complex of uninterrupted and intact primary tropical forest on earth and it is endowed with a unique biodiversity. It is not only a key watershed region for the Amazon and Orinoco basins, but, due to its huge biomass/storage of carbon, its capacity to absorb CO2, and its role in the hydrological cycle, the region also impacts regional and global climate stability.
WWT Consulting have been working in the region for over 15 years, most recently on Project COBRA which has a MoU with GSF and continues to support GSF activities. It was an honour to be invited to speak at The Guiana Shield Festival Event on 4th November to promote the engagement with Indigenous communities that Project COBRA had undertaken and to ensure that Indigenous communities have a voice in policy decisions made for the region.
The Project COBRA Team, including WWT Consulting, are an important partner for the delivery of the upcoming GSF work programme, discussed on 5th November, and look forward to working with the governments of the region, the European Union, UNDP and other CSOs, for example, IES, IUCN-NL, WWF and Iwokrama to ensure the conservation and support of the region’s ecosystems and peoples.