With local partners, One Earth Conservation (OEC) and Conservation International Suriname (CIS) will monitor and protect 27 vulnerable wild parrot species, including species of macaws and amazon parrots. We will focus on those most at risk from harmful human activities, such as trapping and hunting. Project activities include training local Indigenous people on conservation and ecotourism, developing a conservation plan, gathering data, and educating communities about endangered native parrots.
In Suriname, 67% of 27 native parrot species have declining populations. Even so, Suriname is one of three countries in the Americas where it's legal to trap, hunt and export parrots. In a workshop hosted by OEC and CIS, stakeholders emphasized the need for parrot population and nest monitoring and strengthened parrot protection laws and enforcement. Suriname is one of the poorest countries in South America, so sustainable livelihoods are also of great importance.
The goal of this project is to protect parrots and Suriname's biodiversity by improving livelihoods through tourism and increasing conservation capacity in a local Indigenous village (Kalebaskreek Village), so the people refrain from trapping and instead protect nest sites. This will result in improvements in local biodiversity and human health. Studies show that involvement of local stakeholders, especially Indigenous communities, improves both livelihoods and conservation outcomes.
The project's short-term impact will be to improve parrot and human welfare and protect forest biodiversity. Project participants will also raise awareness of the status of parrots throughout Suriname and the need to protect them. Achieving these short-term goals will serve as foundations for longer-term impacts, including reversing the decline of parrots in Suriname, restoring depleted populations and improving human welfare and biodiversity health in the Guiana Shield region of South America.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).