The IVth International Congress on Biodiversity of the Guiana Shield has officially opened.

His Excellency Brigadier David Granger

The IVth International Congress on Biodiversity of the Guiana Shield has officially opened, accompanied by the inspiring words of his Excellency Brigadier David Granger ‐ President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana and by those of a plethora of distinguished speakers: Ms. Khadija Musa (Resident Coordinator of UNDP in Guyana), Dr Patrick Williams (Chairman of the GSBE),  Dr Marten Schalkwijk (Chair of IBG), Prof Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith (University of Guyana).

The President not only highlighted the “essential role of the Shield in the survival of Planet Earth” and compared its wilderness and creatures to those of the Garden of Eden, but he most importantly underlined that all 6 countries within the Shield (Guyana, Suriname, French Guyana, Venezuela, Colombia and Brazil) must embrace the role of trustees, so to preserve the biodiversity and the integrity of the Shield itself.

A process which started 13 years ago, when the dialogue on the Guiana Shield officially begun in Paramaribo (Suriname), at a Priority Setting Workshp, lead by some of the key partners of the Congress such as WWF Guianas, Conservation International, Guiana Shield Initiative. A journey that has seen four editions of the Congress and is prepared to transform thoughts and research into concrete actions, towards a more sustainable development of this important region, the Guiana Shield.

Laurens Gomes

Mrs. Haidy Malone

Maureen Playfair and Mayra Esseboom

Dr. Patrick Chesney

Dr. Graham Watkins

Dr. Russel Mittermeier

Ms. Jennell Williams

IBG2016 Image Gallery

IBG2016 Video. Day 1

Registration

International

Local

Instructions

Partners Messages

Partners